N. R. Farrell

Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance Author

Wednesday Writing: First Query Letter Results

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Hello, everyone!

Wow, it’s Wednesday already? Weeks with holidays make time fly. Today, I wanted to give some insight into writing-related events that have taken place for me this week. The first thing you should know about me is that I’ve lost track of how many unfinished books I have. They’ll all get their chance eventually. That aside…

Out of my many writing projects, one of them is a series, the first book of which has been fully written, edited several times, and has received feedback from numerous beta readers and other sources. All things considered, it’s good to go.

As part of getting back into blogging and writing as a whole, last week I decided take the query letter I had written for that book and sent it out to one literary agent to test the waters.

The querying process is a lengthy one. Normally I don’t expect a response for 8 to 12 weeks, sometimes longer. Imagine my surprise when I got a response to my Thursday night query late Monday afternoon.

Rejection.

I won’t lie and say that I wasn’t upset. I’d made the rookie mistake of letting myself get too excited; the literary agent seemed like such a good fit for the story. So, I stewed on it. Then I channeled those emotions into something more productive. After a bit of research into query letters, some writing, and some feedback from friends, I had a shiny new query letter before the night was over. So, with that done, instead of dwelling on the rejection, I sent out more queries.

Between Monday night and Tuesday morning, I now sent off a handful of submissions with the sparkly new query letter, so we’ll see what the future brings. If a good chunk of these come back as rejections as well, I’ll be finding more agents to query.

The one thing I won’t be doing is dwelling on the negatives and giving up.

This is just the beginning.

Author: N. R. Farrell

Author of dark and paranormal tales. Avid writer, reader, and gamer.

6 thoughts on “Wednesday Writing: First Query Letter Results

  1. I struggle with writing a query letter, so I found this inspiring to keep trying and eventually I’ll have a good one!

    Good luck! Something good will come your way ☺️

    • I’ve definitely struggled a lot with it! It’s a fine art, but practice helps make it better, or so I’ve found, at least. I’m glad you found this inspiring! Since writing this I’ve actually received another rejection, but that’s just one more of many agents, so I’m keeping my hopes up.

      Good luck to you as well! 🙂

  2. I cringe when I think of the many novels I have yet to finish… but I know they will be waiting for me when I am ready! 😀

    I know there is an agent and readers for your novel! Your attitude is awesome and I know it takes some mental strength to keep working at it. Good things will come of your efforts!

    • I know that feeling! But like you said, they’ll be waiting. I’m sure all of your novels will become masterpieces.

      Thank you so much! I hope you’re right, and I’ll definitely keep pushing for it.

  3. It’s the start of your rejections, but I mean that in a positive way. Many great writers have their own stacks of reject letters. I recently found out that Stephen King got around 30 rejections for Carrie, but look where perseverance got him and the story. I know it’s cliché to say this in the writing world, but the best think to do is to keep going forward, though you do want to keep all the rejections you get.

    Also, each agent has their own way of doing things and it does get annoying as there’s no consistency. For example, I can get a query reply in either a day or two after submitting, but I recently got a reply I sent eight months ago. Also, personally I do hate how they each want different amounts of your manuscript. Some want the first three pages, some want 50 or the first three chapters. Plus, they want it in different forms: some want it in word, some in a PDF. Kinda wish they weren’t so picky

    • Yep. Getting rejections is one of those bittersweet moments. It hurts, but each rejection brings you one step closer to success.

      I understand the different timelines for responses, but I completely agree; I wish there was more consistency between how much of the manuscript each agent wants. I’ve seen 5, 10, 25, 50 pages, or first 1 or 3 chapters. It complicates the process and now I just have a dozen small files with different amounts of my manuscript to make querying somewhat easier!

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