So I began querying Good & Guilty in October 2018 and you’ll have read in previous blogs that I decided to take a much more slow and steady approach to querying this time. When I queried my first book The Long Lie I did the bulk submission thing. I had a standard letter that more or less was sent to my list of agents. I had researched which agents represented my genre but not done much research into the agent themselves. You’ll also know that I didn’t representation for The Long Lie. Now I’m not saying that was 100% down the way I queried but I certainly don’t think it helped.
With Good & Guilty I wanted to a better job and have spent a lot more time looking for the right agent for me and my writing. I have been much happier with this approach generally. But driving home from work the other day I was thinking about my new WIP Jack in A Box and Good & Guilty and I realised I’ve moved from a slow and steady to almost a stop.
There’s lots of things that factor into that; writing a letter specifically for each agent is much more time consuming and hard work, researching agents thoroughly is hard work and time consuming…you’ll be noticing a pattern here!
If you follow me on Twitter you’ll know that I’m a write whenever I can writer. I have a full time day job which has me out of the house for 45-50 hours a week plus life so I’m always shoehorning my writing in. Having recently started Jack in A Box I’ve been giving all my time to that and whilst that makes sense in one way, it’s madness in another.
The goal is to be a traditionally published author so I need to show up for the other side of the coin as well. So this week, probably Friday, I’m going to dedicate at least one hour of my writing time to querying and set myself of querying to two agents per week until I have submitted to all the agents I would love to work with.
I’d love to hear about how your querying journey is going feel free to leave me a comment.