Last summer I queried a book to 13 agents.
It was the first book I’d ever queried. I’ve submitted stories to magazines, receiving rejections on all of them.
I may have figured out why last year’s queries failed.
I spent time working on the novel, but I didn’t get it as good as I think I could have.
I wrote 2 rewrites and revision for it but I don’t think I learned how to dial in a draft, or what it takes to do so until the past couple of months.
The writing group showed me this as well as the improvements I’ve witnessed.
I don’t know what changed, maybe I’ve become less fearful of editing.
I used to look at it as something I knew I should be doing, but also as a thing I dreaded. Agents should just love it it’s current form, right?
That’s what I believed. Why should I change my story? They should adjust to what I’m writing.
Now, I’m looking at my writing and I see what needs to change. I’ve also read a lot in the past year. That changed my thoughts as well.
I’m putting away new projects to work on making this one book the best it can be.
I will either get an agent this year or publish it myself.
I’m hoping for the former.