Have you ever dreamed about getting a book published? I highly recommend it. It’s an enlightening experience to say the least. I’ve always been an avid reader and after I got into a car wreck that made working every day jobs impossible, I decided to put pen to paper,(actually it was more like fingers to keyboard) and write my novel. I’ve written two to date and have yet to be published or even the step before that which is Agented.
I’ll explain. Write your book. Go over it with a fine tooth comb. Then do it again. And again. When it’s as good as it can be, then start research. You’ll find a guide of agents on the internet. Decide which ones best suit you and your novel. I can’t stress this enough. A romance novel does not go to a fantasy representing agent. Ok, you’ve picked them out. Now write a query letter that’s so good you snag the agents attention out of the hundreds of submissions they recieve each week. Did you do it? Okay, now let the waiting game begin. It takes anywhere from 5 minutes to 6 months to get a reply and some never reply at all. If you do get a reply, it will be one of two things. One could be a rejection. Don’t worry about it. We’ve all gotten them and we always will. It’s part of the business. Or, it could be a request for a partial or full submission. Yay! You did it. You snagged their interest. Now guess what…..Wait some more. It takes some time and you might get “The Call,” as some of us in the writing world affectionally call it. The Call is when an agent calls to discuss your book. Now, don’t be too hasty. The Call is an incredible thing to experience, but it’s not necessarily a call telling you they want to represent you. Sometimes, they’re on the fence and if you blow it on the phone, they fall the other way. But if you’re one of the chosen, CONGRATS. You have an agent. Guess what? Now you wait. And wait. And wait, while your agent tries to sell your book. It could take days, it could take weeks, months, years, or sometimes, even though an agent loved your book, publishers feel differently. It takes a strong person to be an author and I for one salute everyone who’s ever tried. The writing community is an amazing thing and I strongly recommend you join it. The next time you pick up a book, think of the struggle that author went through to put it in your hands, and silently thank them for not giving up.