Blogger appreciation

Well, today I sent out my newly reworked and revised query letter and first pages of my manuscript to four literary agents. I think the help I received in revising the opening has made the story better. One of the agents seemed to be asking for exactly what I had written and even cited the author whose work corresponds most closely to what I try to achieve. It took her all of 107 minutes to send a form no thank you!

Huh, she shrugs, maybe she’s the one who should revise the wording of her wish list.

On a much more positive note, a few minutes later, I received a mail to say that I have been nominated for a Bloggers’ Bash Award!!! What a lovely surprise! So a big thank you to whoever put my name forwardβ€”maybe I should stick with blogging. The people are more appreciative πŸ™‚



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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

45 thoughts on “Blogger appreciation”

  1. Congratulations! And best of luck to you! I have thought about hopping over the pond for this soiree’. It would make for a nice vacation to meet some of you all. Just got my passport updated. Too late for this year. Maybe next! πŸ™‚

  2. Big congratulations Jane! And well done for putting yourself out there again – it’s tough but I know it will pay off for you because you’re such a good writer.

      1. Absolutely! Though I do have a YA novel I think I’m going to give up on after sending it out quite a few times. Not sure I want to be pigeonholed as a YA writer (though I enjoy writing it, I love writing other stuff too but publishers want you to stay in one category don’t they?) and pretty sure no on wants to publish the book anyway! Good luck with it all Jane

      2. I have thought of a pen name but would a publisher go for that these days? And luck – yes, you’re right, about a ton of that! πŸ™‚

    1. I haven’t got the award either, just the nomination. That makes me feel pleased with myself though, and maybe another agent will feel differently about the manuscript.

      1. I am so glad to here that, I hate it when I make a good friendship (and I consider you as a friend) and then they disappear! πŸ’œπŸ˜Š

    1. I know where I can get a sympathetic hearing πŸ™‚ It isn’t the first time this has happened which is why the only thing that surprised me was how quick she was to give me the brush off.

  3. Hmm, does make you wonder whether she really knew what she was looking for! Ah well, there are hundreds of other agents. I’m sure that at least one of them will LOVE your novel — if you can only find him or her! Keep up the hard work of resubmitting, and good luck!

    1. I sent out another three subs on Friday (UK agents this time) and one requested the full ms straight away! She had read the first 50 pages so I’m hoping she’ll like the rest.

    1. If it’s any consolation (it probably isn’t) I have sent out probably close on 200 queries over the last five years for different mss and until last month had only once been asked to send any pages at all. I made a last ditch effort this spring. I had four UK agents who in theory ought to at least be amenable and I got an offer of rep from the best of them all within 36 hours of sending the query! It does happen, so never ever give up πŸ™‚

      1. You deserve a medal for your perseverance OR actually you deserve a book deal!! Way to go on seeing it through! I try to remember it took JK Rowling 100 rejections before getting through !
        Thanks for the encouragement!

  4. I’m just so grateful none of the other agents thought they may as well take it because they weren’t doing anything else that weekend. As soon as I get the book deal I’ll post about it πŸ™‚

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