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    ( @shoeless) LOL. That IS reassuring.

    It is a marathon. At least for me. But I'm in no rush...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Davy The First View Post
    ( @shoeless) LOL. That IS reassuring.

    It is a marathon. At least for me. But I'm in no rush...
    It's a different journey for everyone. Some people are very lucky, get an agent very quickly, then get a publishing offer soon after. Mine was actually a mix. I originally got an agent on my very first try, years back. However there was a lot of trouble selling my books to publishers, and not for lack of that agent trying, so we parted ways. I got back into the query trenches and stayed there for a few more years and landed my second agent after hundreds of rejections.

    So... yeah. Everyone's ride is different, but you pick up a lot of interesting things along the way.

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    I woke up to the best kind of news in my inbox!!!!!! I can't say anything yet but I hope to share soon!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by amillimiles View Post
    I woke up to the best kind of news in my inbox!!!!!! I can't say anything yet but I hope to share soon!!!
    Awesome, amillimiles! Hope to hear the full news soon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by amillimiles View Post
    I woke up to the best kind of news in my inbox!!!!!! I can't say anything yet but I hope to share soon!!!
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    Dammit, I changed the title! I like the new title better, but maybe I should just go with the old one to avoid confusion? Gah!

    I'm also second-guessing the shit out of my manuscript formatting, all the way down to the file name.

    Good lord, I thought short stories had given me some confidence.
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    JJ! Grats on the full, and you know you've got this. You just have to get a little bit of panic out the way to begin with I'm probably not the best person to give advice (given my lack of serious querying, let requests), but if you like the title more now, just add to shoeless' suggestion that you've also changed the title?

    yay, amillimiles!

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    YAAAAY!!! Kill it amillimiles! Hoping to hear some super fab news soon!!!

    And JJ, you'll be okay. Same--I think telling them you made a title change isn't a big deal. Breathe deep. YOU GOT THIS.

    I've got some half-good news: I'm freaking out a little. I got an email from one of my favorite pro-markets and I passed it off as a rejection and didn't bother to open it since I've had the query R's coming in. Went back to open it...and it's an email from the editor in chief saying that they loved my story but there were two elements that kept them from accepting it. She sent me two pages of feedback (all of which is SUPER on point) and invited me to do an R&R. I'm like. Baffled. Even if it ends in another rejection this is the farthest I've ever gotten with pro-markets and I'm doing my happy dance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sockycat View Post
    YAAAAY!!! Kill it amillimiles! Hoping to hear some super fab news soon!!!

    And JJ, you'll be okay. Same--I think telling them you made a title change isn't a big deal. Breathe deep. YOU GOT THIS.

    I've got some half-good news: I'm freaking out a little. I got an email from one of my favorite pro-markets and I passed it off as a rejection and didn't bother to open it since I've had the query R's coming in. Went back to open it...and it's an email from the editor in chief saying that they loved my story but there were two elements that kept them from accepting it. She sent me two pages of feedback (all of which is SUPER on point) and invited me to do an R&R. I'm like. Baffled. Even if it ends in another rejection this is the farthest I've ever gotten with pro-markets and I'm doing my happy dance.
    Yay!!!

    R&Rs from short story markets are usually more promising than R&Rs for novels. That may be as simple as there being much less to rewrite, though I suspect they're only offered when there's just some small thing that they want fixed/clarified/changed. Not a guarantee, of course. But your odds are really good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JJ Litke View Post
    Dammit, I changed the title! I like the new title better, but maybe I should just go with the old one to avoid confusion? Gah!

    I'm also second-guessing the shit out of my manuscript formatting, all the way down to the file name.

    Good lord, I thought short stories had given me some confidence.
    I'd use the old title to avoid confusion--and remember that they requested under that title, so even if the new title is better the old one didn't hurt you. Unless they asked for specifics, any version of standard formatting is going to be fine. If they don't specify file name format, I'd just use the title or title with author's name.

    I have read that many agents/editors read on their Kindles, so it helps to go to document properties and make sure the title and author's name are there (since that's where e-readers often draw titles from).

    Best of luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JJ Litke View Post
    Yay!!!

    R&Rs from short story markets are usually more promising than R&Rs for novels. That may be as simple as there being much less to rewrite, though I suspect they're only offered when there's just some small thing that they want fixed/clarified/changed. Not a guarantee, of course. But your odds are really good.
    Yeah, it's honestly fixes I can do on my lunch break because while they require rewriting (they want a different structure and a different POV) it's a flash piece. But it'd be my first piece accepted by a SFWA qualifying market. *muffled sob* My hands are sweating just thinking about resubmitting. Especially because their feedback is so painfully on point and I agree with all of it, which is hella rare for me. But it was like I read the issues they had with the piece and the light bulb went on.
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    Good luck with the R&R, sockycat!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marlys View Post
    I'd use the old title to avoid confusion--and remember that they requested under that title, so even if the new title is better the old one didn't hurt you. Unless they asked for specifics, any version of standard formatting is going to be fine. If they don't specify file name format, I'd just use the title or title with author's name.

    I have read that many agents/editors read on their Kindles, so it helps to go to document properties and make sure the title and author's name are there (since that's where e-readers often draw titles from).

    Best of luck!
    I would also follow this advice for the sake of the submission. Just keep in mind that unless you have a super-deep, emotional investment in the particular title you've given your book, it's probably one of the least important things about it, and quite likely to change anyway. Once you get an agent, she or he may suggest a title change, and even after that, if the book is sold to a publisher, the new editor may also suggest a title change. So I'd strongly advise not to get too attached on what your current title is. If the book goes to print, that may not be the title you see on shelves anyway.

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