You know this lady.
Her name’s Mona. You can call her Mo for short. She’s kind of iconic.
She’s here today to help me illustrate this *thing* I’m going through which relates to the world of writing. No, it’s not about visualizing characters, painting a story landscape, or any such helpful advice from a novice. Sorry about that. There are plenty of other blogs with unpublished writers giving profound & sage wisdom…
The topic this blogger is tackling today is: [Well, shit, I can’t really sum it up in a single word. This isn’t Twitter; it’s a post. So eff it, I can ramble if I like.]
Let’s go with this freeform string of thoughts: I have multiple fulls out with agents, which have been out for a while. I recently nudged on one & the agent confessed that she hadn’t gotten to it yet. Cool. No big deal. Another one is past the 10 week mark, at which point I would normally nudge, but I have not because of [keep reading]. The third is in this nerve-wracking, string-a-long sort of web which doesn’t seem to have an end. I am hopeful that it will turn into an offer, but the more pages of the calendar I rip off, the less that feels like reality. So, I have just kind of turned off my wishfulness on this matter until such time as it needs to be either revived, or incinerated.
After all that, I guess what I’m trying to say is: I don’t like to feel like I’m begging.
To be candid, I totally get that agents are busy, clients come first, I’m swamped, it’s conference season–all that. And writers are always labeled “impatient”. “This is a slow process,” we tell each other. Agents say it, too. Yet, still, are we really impatient? 2 months? 4 months? 6 months? 12 months? How long is too long to wait to hear back on a full request? An R&R? At what point has the timing passed beyond simple impatience on the part of the writer?
What it boils down to is that I want an agent to *LOVE* my work. Like, SHAZAAAAM! BAM! YES I WANT IT GIVE IT TO ME RIGHT EFFIN NOW I CAN’T WAIT TO START WORKING WITH YOU AND GET THIS THING SUB-READY BECAUSE AWESOME IN MY FACE AND OMG HAVE YOU SIGNED THE AGENCY CONTRACT YET OR WHAT BECAUSE AHHHHHHH????!!!!!
Instead, thus far, I have felt less like Phreak Show is the real Mona Lisa, and that perhaps it is more like this:
And, yes, my loverly invisible ink finders. I KNOW that Phreak Show looks/reads nothing like that horrid ol’ fake. I’m just sayin’ I want that acceptance, that go-get-it agent who believes in me & my story so much that s/he can’t get hold of it fast enough. A dream? Perhaps. But my life has been built on dreams such as this. And damn it, I’m not done believing in magick.
Hang in there… I’m waiting as well, right now, to hear from an agent. I tentatively check my emails each morning. I’m coming upon the 6 week mark. Should I nudge? Should I not nudge? One of these days, though… we’re going to get the call we’ve been waiting for & it will make the wait worth waiting for! Right?!!
I will say: “RIGHT!!”
Our manuscripts are gorgeous & iconic with sly little smiles.
give in to the dark side . . .
No sir! Still not feeling that’s the right path for me, Scavvie.
Happy thoughts my friend! happy thoughts!
I’m only letting the happy ones stay in. When the others stop by, I give ’em a swift kick out the door.
When I did finally get an agent, one thing that struck me was how FAST it was. I got the request for a partial in my SASE, and it looked so much like a standard rejection that I almost tossed it. Days after I mailed the partial, I got a call from the agent asking for the full. People always tell you not to express post it because it makes you seem desperate and pathetic, but she wanted it NOW, so I did. She told me it would take her a week to read it. She called me in two days. It was such a difference from other requests, where I waited for weeks. After I signed with the agent, I had to let three other agents know…people who had been sitting on my manuscript for over a month.
As it turned out, she wasn’t a great agent in the end, but I do think agents respond differently when they’re really in love with your work. You’ll find the right one. It just unfortunately takes tons of time.
Thanks for sharing your story.
And, yes, it can take a long time to find the right fit.
Not to sound like a Dove wrapper or a fortune cookie, but the wait is often worth it.