- Sun, 16:44: Wait. Is @foalpapers a millennial? That would explain so much! #BlameFoalpapers
- Sun, 16:56: RT @LadyRowyn: 1. ALL THE GENDERQUEER 2. Magic for everyone! 3. All conflict has non-violent resolution! #TheSunEtherium https://t.co/Jr8ij…
- Sun, 16:59: RT @MattYoungmark: JUST CRUISING THE SHOW FLOOR AT PAX, I HOPE THERE WILL NOT BE ANY DINOSAURS HERE https://t.co/sXSVPJYYQr
- Sun, 16:59: RT @amhistorymuseum: Another medaled swimmer! Today in 1972: Swimmer Mark Spitz becomes 1st person to win 7 Olympic gold medals in 1 game h…
- Sun, 17:00: RT @wandererzic: 하....옷입히기 힘들다. https://t.co/pQjkDHQusi
- Sun, 17:01: RT @MeetAnimals: This bird landed on the page about itself https://t.co/mzygxJ2ZWI
- Sun, 17:25: RT @paulfeig: Dude on the plane behind me slept from the second he got on until the moment we landed. Powered down like C-3PO. I wanna be a…
- Sun, 19:04: All caught up with #MLPFIM. Much as the D&D ep amused me, the buckball ep was the real standout.
- Sun, 19:05: The Changeling ep was enjoyable enough, but the #TwitterPonies did it three years ago. Like five times. XD
- Sun, 19:39: “See ‘Warp Core Breach Liability.’" https://t.co/myH2nkdSaq
September 5th, 2016
Including the first cold submission to Tor, I have now been sending queries for Sky Pirates of Calypsitania to publishers and agents for five months. I have received:
- Six form rejections
- One personal response that my writing was strong but the agent didn’t feel a personal connection to these particular characters
- Four chirping crickets
But today starts a new week, and so this morning I’ve sent off two more queries (including one to an agent who, even if she doesn’t care for the book, just seems like a cool person and I started following her on Twiter). As more responses come in, assuming they are more form rejections, I’ll keep sending more queries out, until this book sells.
Because that’s the thing, I believe this book will sell. It’s the kind of book I keep wishing somebody else would write so I could read it– and if I want a book like this, surely other people must too. It’s just a matter of connecting Book A to Readers B. I don’t expect it to become the sort of thing that makes it to supermarket shelves, necessarily, but I do think it’s a very entertaining first novel and is the good launching point of a career. I have seen (and read, and have in my personal library) books that are weaker on all fronts and yet are quite successful, and if those books can do it, so can mine.
So I keep calm and query on. There are hundreds (thousands?) of good literary agents out there, and if I get through the list, well, I’ll start over. And in the meantime, I will continue to work on the next book while waiting for responses.
We’ll get there.