I’ve finally started querying Moonrise Ink to agents. This basically means I’m emailing agents with a short summary of what my book is about in hopes that they will want to read the entire manuscript, and, if they love the entire manuscript, offer me representation. Some agents ask for a bit more than just a query, such as a synopsis and/or the first ten, twenty-five, or fifty pages of the manuscript. I love being able to include manuscript pages; it just gives me more of a chance to interest someone. Some agents even ask interesting questions like, “What would your main character say about your manuscript?” or “What is your favorite sentence from your manuscript?” It’s always fun to get an extra chance at being creative.
The hard part of querying, besides gathering the courage to press that send button in the first place, is the waiting. Agents get hundreds of queries a week, and, as you can imagine, it takes a lot of work to go through them all. And that’s on top of all the work they’re doing for their existing clients. Some agents even say on their websites, “If I do not respond within X weeks, you can assume I’m uninterested.” So this process could take some time.
And there is some good news. If you fail at a job interview, you must find somewhere else to work. If your manuscript fails to get you an agent, though, you can always write another manuscript. And, if you want to be a writer, that’s probably what you were planning on doing anyway. Exciting ideas are always flowing through your brilliant mind, right?
So, while I wait, I’m diving into some new projects. Like I said before, I’ve got the adult supernatural fantasy to be co-written with a friend. That still needs a lot of planning and plotting. And I think my next solo-written novel will be another middle grade fantasy, a bit darker in tone than Moonrise Ink. I am still plotting it out.
Anyway, wish me luck!