Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Last Partial

Ultima partialus, as the Romans might have said.  Or maybe ultimus partialius.  It's been a long time since I took Latin.  Whatever. Quidquid.

Anyway, I just sent off the last requested partial I'm going to be sending any agents.  No more querying.  I've done run out.  So that leaves me three partials out and one full.  Checked in with the agent who has the full this morning since it's been six months.  Doing that usually prompts a rejection, so we'll be able to write her off soon.  And the agent who three weeks ago promised to get back to me "in three days" hasn't contacted me, lying SOB.  And the other partial I have out there has been gathering dust for about four months, I believe.

So pretty soon I guess I'll be changing the subhead of this blog from "One Writer's Search for a Literary Agent" to "One Writer's Search for a Publisher."  And after that...


  1. I will assume that you will be done querying this novel because you're ready to move on to the NEXT novel, yes?


  2. Yes, start another novel, but don't burn the rejected one. There are options!

  3. All that time spent querying can now be spent writing something new.

  4. Querying and writing are not mutually exclusive activities. How long really does it take to send queries? And no one should ever wait for answers to them but move on to the next project.
    As you've discovered this art which is combined with business isn't easy. It's brutal and tough like the arts always are.
    You should be sending to publishers that accept submissions without an agent and I mean now, not waiting for answers to partials, fulls, or queries. And not because they might turn you down, but because you have to take as much of this out of their hands and out it into your own.
    As for the agents who say three days and three weeks pass? Their signed clients are their priority so never listen to any time table they give you. At the time they say it they think it's possible but it rarely works that way.
    There's only one thing you can count on when you're a writer and that's your own ability to write, to create something you're proud of.
    There is rarely a one book smash that will bring you the money you seek or the recognition you believe you deserve.
    It's word by word, sentence by sentence, book by book.
    A writing career is not for the faint of heart. It takes guts and sheer will power, it takes talent and the ability to turn roadblocks into speed bumps.

  5. The word is Put not out! Damnable typos!

  6. Re reading this something did occur to me. For your own sake I would be avoiding calling any agent a lying SOB because they haven't responded as quickly as you'd like. I understand the frustration and the need to vent but I strongly suggest not doing it online. I'd be pretty sure any agent reading could be put off by it and it could do you damage when you're submitting your work.

  7. Thanks, Ariel, but I'd hope that any agent smart enough to read this blog, figure out who I am, and connect that comment to his own true self would know that I was just joking. I never name agents here unless I have something good to say about them.

  8. Here, here. I second, and third, what Sierra and the Lt. said. Get book two published! Then take another look at book one.

  9. I've been following your blog for a while, and like you I've done my own "query bombs" A few bites, that eventually came to nothing. I started to look into indie e-publishers and have managed to sign with two of them for two different novels. This wasn't my first choice, but for a beginner writer I think it is a viable. Of course some day I'd like an agent and a NY publisher but I'm still learning about the editing process and growing as a writer. So please don't give up! There are other options but of course you have to do what is right for you. Just from your blog I can tell you are a wonderful writer. Start a new project, keep writing if it is something you love to do. There are different roads to success.