Yesterday, I began querying my novel which I fully completed Friday. Some of you whom have been following for a while already know a little about it. Well, it's a young adult science fiction, but that's all you get to know for now unless I post my query.
Well, anyways, I haven't queried a novel since summer, and I forgot how nerve-wrecking this truly is! I just received my first rejection (not a big deal since there's millions of agents out there), and it made me sick to my stomach. It's weird. I wonder how many agents I will truly have to go through before I find the one. (I'll try and keep records for those of you, like me, who like to know stats of queries.)
So far, since yesterday, I have sent out 5 queries and received a rejection within one day. I'm just happy they got back to me fast. It's better than waiting weeks on end before receiving a rejection.
I just hate the thought that my query isn't good enough or my writing isn't up to par. I mean, I worked on this book for a year and four months, and I feel like it's the best it can be. But there's just something in my gut wanting to tell me otherwise.
With the novel I sent out over the summer, I only got rejections on it, but I understand why. I never understood the true meaning of editing with that novel, and plus, my 16-year-old writing showed through like a neon sign. But I feel as if I've conquered the editing process with my new novel, and I've mastered my writing skills even if I'm only seventeen.
I just keep telling myself they'll love it, but the querying process sucks! I have never been one for patience.
Anyways, do any of you have anything you'd like to share about queries?
P.S. I accidentally sent a query without a synopsis and hurried up and sent another with it. Has anyone else ever done something like that from being so nervous? I hope it doesn't kill my chances.