Writing the dreaded synopsis. and Be Not Afeared. Worth a look.

Though I’ve been procrastinating, this is inevitably in my future. I’m at the point where I am beginning to submit to the agents I met back in January who inquired about reading some or all of my book, In the Shadow’s Grasp. I’ve delayed a long while in submission, going through several major edits since then (luckily, the story I pitched is the one I wanted to end up with and not the one I had in January!) And now I’m thinking that six months is probably long enough and that if I wait much longer the whole point of shortcutting the initial query process may be pointless. One of the agents, I know, has already moved to another agency (luckily with forwarding address.)

Why do I feel like the whole submission process is such a secret? Humility mostly, I guess. The odds of anyone saying, Hey, this is great! I’d like to sign you! are so slim… that while I’m not saying it can’t happen, I doubt it will. And I’m not the type to get my hopes up. So I don’t want to get anyone else’s hopes up either. Or let them believe that I think so much of myself that I’d believe this were a possibility. I’d much rather get my rejections quietly or – perhaps, if Hell really has frozen over – tell them of my success once it’s assured.

So this is all I’ll say about submission. I’m on it. And it’ll be 6-8 weeks before the potential of any kind of response. So if you hear good news from me in August or September, you’ll know. And if you hear no news. You’ll know. Which won’t stop me.


5 thoughts on “Synopses

  1. Don’t fear the submission process. Everyone has to do it, whether it is a blind query, or a requested manuscript, or a presentation by an agent to a publisher. And rejection doesn’t mean that you are a failure. It means that one particular agent didn’t like some aspect of your writing/approach. If others feel differently, then it’s that agent’s problem. If 40 or 50 feel the same way, then you know you need to fix your pitch, or your story, or parts of your writing. This is a good thing, because to be published your work has to be the best it can be for what every audience you are writing for. Do you have a critique group? They can help you spot potential problems before you get the rejection letter.

    I wish you luck! Welcome to the club. πŸ˜‰

  2. I understand why you feel that way, I hate getting my hopes up, too. But you think positively! You have a great story, and what Daniel said is right. If agents say no, it doesn’t mean it isn’t great, it just means that they can’t take it on at the moment.
    I don’t know if you have or not, but I’d really recommend having a list of at least 50 lit agents (I’m making a list of a 100) that you’d want to query (in order of 1st being the one you want the most and 50th being the one you want the least). I’ve heard a lot of writers getting signed after 45th query or even the 80th.

    Cassie Alexander, writer of Nightshifted, got signed after sending out 79 queries then had her book sell in ONE week at auction. So, having a difficult time (or a looong time) not finding an agent isn’t always a bad sign. Stephen King couldn’t get an agent for his first five books, now look at him.

    • There are always great success stories (after many rejections) to look at — you’re right! And in today’s world, there are the Amanda Hockings to consider as well. There are other avenues.

      But I still feel like maybe I’ll just keep it quiet until something hits. πŸ™‚ So I may be quiet a while…

  3. I’m always happy to read about other experiences with the process. I just had a query turned down within 15 minutes of sending it off, so I enjoy a little company throughout it all.

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