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Discussion in 'Publishing' started by Graylorne, Nov 15, 2014.

  1. Graylorne

    Graylorne Archmage

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    I just did something I hadn't planned to do :)

    Thinking of my dwindling resources, I sent a query email for Lioness to an agent.

    Now I'm very curious how things will develop.

    It would be nice to have someone pay me for publishing, this time...
     
  2. TWErvin2

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    You'll never know if you don't try. Hoping for your success!
     
  3. Graylorne

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    That's what I thought. Let's see what they say.
     
  4. Addison

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    Good luck Graylorne! :D
     
  5. Graylorne

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    Thanks, Addison. If it doesn't work, no mattter; but if it does, it would be a boost :)
     
  6. cupiscent

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    Good luck!

    Though, from my own experiences with querying, you might want to send a note to more than one agent. QueryTracker - which I highly recommend for finding agents, learning about them, and keeping track of your querying - tells me I sent 34 queries for my first novel, and got 6 positive responses where agents asked to see some of the book. That's a 17% success rate, and discussion on the QT boards suggests anything above 10% is doing pretty well. Some agents take ages to respond. Some agents are only looking for new clients who are outstanding amazing, or fitting a particular niche. There are many reasons that don't relate to the actual saleability of your work that mean an agent may not respond favourably right now. Thus my recommendation to send to a few.

    But good luck, whether you choose to send to one or a hundred. I've found engaging with agents - even though unsuccessful for me so far - to be a great boost to my confidence in my writing ability.
     
  7. Graylorne

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    Thanks for the link, cupiscent; I'll go and search for some more addresses.
    I'm taking it slow, because I'm testing the waters first, or rather, my own commitment. Here in NL we don't work with agents; we query the few publishers directly. For my first book I waited 14 months before taking it back. Then I found my present publisher quickly. I don't want to wait that long a second time.
    So I select carefully, looking for agents who would possibly like the book, besides having a solid reputation. For that, QueryTracker looks very useful. :)
     
  8. Graylorne

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    Queried added another five agents who seemed open to a book like Lioness. I don't want any whitewashing or horror at a stricktly non-erotic m/m relation. :)
     
  9. Graylorne

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    Seven queries sent, already one No.
     
  10. AndrewMelvin

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    Good luck, but I agree with Cupiscent - I thought I'd test the water by querying an agent who I thought could be ideal - it took months before I received a no from him. If I try again, I would write to as many as possible who accept simultaneous queries.
     

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