So much has gone on over the past few months, it’s difficult to know where to begin.
Let’s start with the biggest and most relevant. Okay; the biggest and most relevant topic to ME. I can’t presume to know your biggest topic, now can I?
About a month ago, a senior agent at a very large writer’s agency asked to see Wormwood’s full manuscript. I was absolutely elated. I still am. Though it will likely take months for me to hear what his decision will be, I continue to check my messages like an obsessed teen. (My apologies to any teenagers out there. I’m sure you are far more even-keeled than I was when I was your age. There’s no way you check your messages more than once an hour, right?)
So from what I’ve been reading, I figure most first-time authors experience between 20-50 rejections before they get an offer. Now, I’ve had some query-letter rejections... do they count, I wonder? And if so, then I’m only at five. I have yet to get my full manuscript rejected, but if most people should expect at least 20 rejections, I suppose it’s only a matter of time.
What I’m expecting then, is a rejection of my manuscript. It’s virtually unheard of for a brand-new writer to have their book picked up without even a single real rejection. I don’t imagine I’ll be that person at all. I just hope that I get the rejection soon so that I can resume sending out queries. When that happens, I can continue on getting many other rejections out of the way (as is simply part of the process...) until the right person picks Wormwood up and loves it. Apparently, it takes quite a while. I’ve made my peace with that.
Now, I just have to wait.