For those of you playing along at home, I thought you’d be interested in an update on my query status. As of Friday, I’d sent out 57 query letters and query emails for my novel THE SCARS WE CARRY. Out of the first 32 queries I had absolutely no success. All form rejections, so I changed tactics and reworded my query letter to remove all words pertaining to private investigators and since May 3, I’ve sent out 25 of the new letters. As of today, I’ve received 10 of them back with two requests for the partial manuscript. That makes me happy.
The interesting thing is that both requests for the manuscript (and my only handwritten rejection letter) came from California. Early on, I passed on submitting to the CA agencies, still stuck in the mindset that a proper literary works out of NYC. But now that I think about it, it makes sense. My book deals with movies and TV and pop culture and features several links to Hollywood and California. To test this theory further, I’ve put together a list of six more California agencies I haven’t queried yet and will see what kind of response I get.
This whole thing is at once exciting, becuase I feel like I have the most control of my career right now, but the rejection and the emotional beat downs come at such a steady pace it’s exhausting. But I’m a fighter, and more than that I’m stubborn. So I will survive.