I am a contemporary romance writer and have been submitting my third novel to agents.
I'm delighted to say that I have had 6 Full requests and 2 Partials (the most positive responses I have ever had) since 25 May but have not heard a thing back from any of these agents so far.
Could you tell me please what the "average" process is when an agent might be considering offering representation to a writer and how long these things can take?
I'm trying to keep busy with other writing (and planning Book 4) and the last thing I want to do, is come across as impatient! I have only "checked in" with one of the agents so far (after 10 weeks) and she apologised, saying she was swamped and would get to my MS asap.
I suppose I'm just apprehensive that all 8 are going to reject my work!
Of course you are. You are a writer. Worrying about things you can't control is pretty much #1 on your To Do list each and every day.
The industry standard for full manuscripts is 90 days. That means you don't utter a word till August 25.
After August 25 you can email ONCE every six-eight weeks, very politely, asking for a status update.
I will tell you that I'm running VERY late on requested fulls right now because I've had a lot of client work come in, and that comes first.
I think everyone is running long right now except those efficient
I see those tweets and I look more like this:
I know you're anxious, but the very best thing to do is keep sending out queries, and work on your next book. The pace in publishing is glacial for the most part. Time to fortify your coping mechanisms.