In the past three weeks or so, I have received a total of eight responses from the fifteen queries I sent to agents. Seven of them have ultimately resulted in rejections, but one still shows promise. Still, these odds haven’t been exactly in my favor, which has led me to the conclusion that sending out a few more queries wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Before I do that, I do plan on revisiting my query letter. Clearly, it’s a lot better than the query letter I sent out to a couple agents in the spring. I didn’t even get responses to that one. But the fact that it’s not hooking too many agents makes me think that taking another look at it would be a good idea. I don’t know if I’ll change it dramatically, I would like to do is make it a little less form letter-y. If I can, I’d like to personalize it a tad more based on the agents I’m querying. I will also be revising my one page synopsis, as a lot of agents seem to be requesting that. The most dramatic change I will be making this time around is to Lady of Darkwood itself. I’m taking out the prologue. A lot of agents don’t request huge excepts to judge your material. Some even want as few as five pages. Since my protagonist isn’t featured in the prologue, I don’t feel as if I’m giving the agents the best view of my characters. I don’t think the manuscript suffers too much as a result. The prologue is more there to introduce characters that will become more important as the book goes on.
If I’m able to query five more agents in the next two weeks, I’ll be as pleased as punch. This will bring my queries to a grand total of 22 (if you count the two I send out on the spring). It makes me wonder, what’s the typical amount of rejections most authors receive before acceptance? I know that Kathryn Stockett (author of The Help, which I greatly enjoyed) received about fifty before she got accepted, so at least there’s still hope?
Otherwise, October has been a pretty good month so far, writing wise. I’ve done some revisions to LD2, although I have to wait to hear more from my first readers before I can finish my third draft. I’ve also managed to put the finishing touches on two short stories that have been almost done for months. I’ve submitted them to a couple magazines. Hopefully, they’ll be able to find a home somewhere.