I've sent a total of fifty-six queries for my current project, Roadkill Kids.
That's a lot.
Of those queries, thirteen agents didn't respond to me within their stated time frame of consideration. I'll be honest, those are my least favorite types of responses. The radio static of waiting and hoping until the days tick by and you're left standing there alone with nothing to show for it but awkward silence.
So I suppose I should be thankful for the eighteen rejections I've gotten thus far. Some are standard form rejections, while others offer a bit more detail, including:
I just did not fall in love
I'm just not connecting
I didn't feel strongly enough...I didn't connect as much as I'd hoped...I absolutely loved the premise of this, but I felt like you had far too many POV characters for my tastes
It's a great pitch and story idea, but unfortunately, I didn't fall in love with these opening pages
It doesn't feel like the right fit for my current list
Your beginning just isn't pulling me in the way I had hopped
This was a close call, but I felt I had a hard time getting grounded in the story. There was so much dialogue in the beginning that I was losing sight of setting and character development... Nevertheless, I wish you every success with ROADKILL KIDS! (Great title, by the way).
Overall, it's nice to have some feedback, but also OUCH.
Thankfully, there's a bit of good news, too.
I recently participated in the Twitter #DVpit event, which is a way for authors (and now illustrators) of marginalized backgrounds/identities to connect with literary agents. I had quite a successful day and ended up with twenty-three positive responses from agents and editors. Of these, I sent seven queries, and of those seven so far one agent requested the first fifty pages of my manuscript and another agent requested my full manuscript.
Total, I'm waiting for twenty-five responses. Two are from agents who have requested the first fifty pages of my manuscript, two from agents who have my full manuscript, and the rest are for standard queries.
And now we wait!
But we don’t just wait, do we? At least I don’t. As I’m querying Roadkill Kids, I’m also writing the first draft of a new contemporary ya called Funeral Practice, an enemies-to-lovers (f/f) story that takes place in a funeral home and high school (which is scarier?).