Let’s start this publication update with some questions, shall we?
First question: Do you have an agent, yet?
Second question: Are you ready to give up on Roadkill Kids and try querying something else/give up on getting traditionally published altogether?
I’m stubborn like that.
Third question: Are you ready to explode into a hundred million pieces with the amount of buzzing anxiety and angst and anticipation you’re feeling on the daily?
Answer: Absolutely, yes.
Fourth question: Are you sure you’re not ready to just move on with your life?
Answer: It’s complicated.
After giving up my dream to become an “aminal doctor” - an occupation I clutched onto as a young kid - I drifted from thought to thought without any really sticking until I had my first lightning bolt of a story burn through my mind and erupt into a word file still tucked away in a floppy disk somewhere in my archives.
From that day my thirteen-year-old self knew in my bones that storytelling, and more specifically writing, was a path I’d tread for the rest of my life.
Having an agent and/or being published isn’t as essential a part of the equation as is the physical act of drafting and writing and revising.
Do I want to have an agent?
Do I need one to consider myself a writer?
With that said, let’s get into the querying trenches and check out my numbers for Roadkill Kids.
That’s right, I’ve sent out 157 queries for this project. Which, some might say, is perhaps too many. But that’s what I’ve got.
Of these 157 queries sent, 65 agents have responded with rejections. A further 38 didn’t reply at all, which is a slightly more chafing kind of rejection.
I’m currently waiting to hear back from 34 agents plus 9 who have my “full” or “partial” manuscript. Meaning they have the entire thing (huzzah!), or the first fifty pages.
These 9 are the agents I’m watching most keenly, as requesting pages is a prelude to further conversation (hopefully), and eventually representation (!!!).
But I’ve been down this path before with 11 additional agents who read my full or partial and then decided it wasn’t for them.
And so the waiting game continues.