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Susan Littlefield
10-21-2010, 09:53 AM
I have just finished my third and final edit. I truly feel my novel is ready for submission now. My query letter has been ready for a few weeks, but I knew better than to send it out before I was completely done.

I plan on starting the query process this weekend. Wish me luck, and don't forget to add any tips! :D

mccardey
10-21-2010, 10:01 AM
Well done, you!! And well done finishing before you queried - you'll be glad of that. :)

Enjoy yourself for a couple of days! Relax! Go and plant things...

Good luck with the querying!

night-flyer
10-21-2010, 10:05 AM
I have no tips, sorry. I haven't queried anything yet. Just wanted to wish you the best of luck. And congrats on getting your novel done!!!

triceretops
10-21-2010, 10:11 AM
Query long, hard and fast...in batches. Don't despair. Pay attention to any comments or references to characterization or plot issues. Make notes. Don't get upset if you find a lot of non-responders in the batch--that'll be par for the course.

Best of luck to you.

Tri

leahzero
10-21-2010, 11:00 AM
Congrats, Susan! Best of luck querying.

Daddyo
10-21-2010, 05:55 PM
Kudos to you--and to Don for editing.

Susan Littlefield
10-21-2010, 05:57 PM
Thank you so much, everybody!

Susan Littlefield
10-21-2010, 05:59 PM
Kudos to you--and to Don for editing.

:roll:

I was sure I put an E in that title! Funny thing is, Don is my significant other. Perhaps he was on my mind.

Phaeal
10-21-2010, 06:00 PM
You're not done editing until you edit this thread title! :D

I do five queries a week, every week. And I check in on the Daily Rejection thread every day to commiserate with my fellow flagellants.

CGs and happy querying!

Susan Littlefield
10-21-2010, 06:17 PM
Phael, you must have posted just as I was changing the thread title! I'm getting pretty excited! I have a list of about 10 to start with. That's about right, correct?

Rowan
10-21-2010, 06:25 PM
Congrats!! :hooray::hooray::hooray:
I'd say query in batches of ten or so... you can tweak your query letter based on the responses (or lack thereof). :D

Susan Littlefield
10-21-2010, 06:26 PM
Thank you, Rowan! I thought I'd read batches of ten.

Chris P
10-21-2010, 06:29 PM
Great job!

Suzan
10-21-2010, 11:17 PM
Congrats!! Send out in batches. If you don't get a request after twenty, re-work your query and re-send. BEST ADVICE? Don't give up and remember it only takes ONE YES.

Susan Littlefield
10-21-2010, 11:25 PM
Chris, thank you!

Suzan, I promise not to give up. Didn't Stephen King get around 70 rejections for Carrie before that final yes came?

tanglewoodtracey
10-21-2010, 11:39 PM
Good luck Susan! I'm still revising, and my query is still a WIP, so I am envious that you are ready to start sending out queries.

I wish you lots of success :)

Tracey

Susan Littlefield
10-21-2010, 11:42 PM
Thank you, Tracey! You can do it! Just keep plugging away and it will come together.

Susan Littlefield
10-25-2010, 09:50 AM
Yes, I did! I spent the evening studying five agent websites, what type of query they prefer (all of this batch were email only), followed their guidelines to a tee (one said to write "Dear <his first name>).

I feel pretty good about now. I have stepped over the first hurdle, which was getting some queries out there.

I appreciate all the support you guys give me.

I have started writing the synopsis for when I send the batch of query letters to those who require a synopsis.

night-flyer
10-25-2010, 09:58 AM
Good job, Susan. Now it's the waiting game, but at least now it's out there just waiting for that one yes to grab it up.

Best of luck to you. :)

Susan Littlefield
10-25-2010, 06:13 PM
Thank you, Night Flyer!

Daddyo
10-25-2010, 07:23 PM
Oooh, I hated coming up with those synopsises. If a rejection heads your way, don't get discourage...send out some more...then more...until someone bites.

Susan Littlefield
10-25-2010, 11:22 PM
Thank you so much, Ricky. Willl do. I am pretty good at not taking rejection personally, thank goodness. :D

Sweet Tea
10-26-2010, 01:50 AM
Good luck, Susan. Proud of you for all that editing!

Susan Littlefield
10-26-2010, 06:18 AM
Thank you, Sweat Tea. It is a lot of work, but well worth it!

Susan Littlefield
10-28-2010, 06:16 AM
One nice rejection. One request for a partial. I must say I'm excited. I didn't expect to hear back from anyone so soon.

brainstorm77
10-31-2010, 07:32 PM
COngrats!