Okay. So many of you have wondered about the querying process. I started querying a few short weeks ago, and already I’ve had some people ask, “J.R., do you have a book deal yet?”
For some, from query to publication can take years.
I came across this interview with Mary Kubica. She’s the author of the best seller, “The Good Girl”. I think her story really illustrates how long the process can be (never mind frustrating and discouraging).
“The Good Girl” almost didn’t make it to publication. Today, it’s a best seller. If you haven’t already read “The Good Girl”, I highly recommend it.
Back in February I started the query process for a literary agent to represent my efforts to have one or both of my novels published. As a newbie to this process, I had no idea what to expect. What I’ve experienced, though has been a roller coaster of good and bad…though mostly good. Not good enough to land an agent yet, but good overall.
Through this process, I’ve wondered about the query process of several published authors. I’m blessed to count a few of them as friends (or at least friendly acquaintances), so I started asking questions. One of them told me that she studied literary agents and elected to query only two. The first responded quickly with a definite no and her second query came back positive. She’s now a bestselling author of her first novel, and working on her second.
Another author-aquaintance queried countless agents without a single positive response. Not one…
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