Thursday, February 10, 2011
You Don't Know What You Want
If you've managed to write a really good book, a really great query letter, and if the waiting for a response hasn't driven you totally mad with rage and frustration, you may finally get an agent who is interested in your work. Congratulations! You have a Sherpa and you just took the first step up Mt. Everest. Only 16,998 feet to go!
Now, there are caveats to this process. Editors some times choose manuscripts from contests, or from writers conventions. Sometimes editors get manuscripts from authors they've seen in literary magazines or journals. Sometimes an editor has a manuscript recommended by another of their authors. There are authors who have had notable success self-publishing, especially with rise of e-books. These things happen only rarely, however. As most editors will tell you, the bulk of their published works come from agent submissions.