It’s done! Give the Lady a Ride has now been sent in query form to each agent I got excited about while researching my options. I’ve already received rejection notices from some, which is fine. I expected that. I even got a nibble from one I’m excited about, but I have no idea when I’ll hear from him again. Or any of the others, for that matter. Responses could take from two to sixteen weeks. And some agents won’t even bother to tell you your piece was deleted into the Trash Bin after they read the first paragraph of the letter.
They don’t have time.
Agents are busy. Imagine “me” multiplied by thousands. So many people have written books that they believe will be the next big hit. And those query letters like mine are landing in agents’ computers all across America. The poor man/woman who chose this business comes in Monday morning and opens their computers to voices screaming, “Read me! Read me!” And this is just one aspect of their jobs. Agency is a high-energy, high-adrenaline career. How they don’t collapse from sheer exhaustion every night is beyond me. Who knows? Maybe they do.
Because of the competition out there, every time I poked the “send” on an e-mailed query, I prayed over the submission packet. “Lord, I’m getting the book out there. What happens to it is up to You. I accept any result You consider to be in my best interest.”
There’s nothing to do now but wait. And do my research for the sequel!
I’m excited about the research. One of the issues I’ll address in Roping Venus will be about horse rescue. I know of three rescue ranches that are accessible to me, and each seems to have a different philosophy and purpose. One rescues mustangs from the wilds of Western America where their numbers are so high they are considered a nuisance. Another rescues horses from neglectful and abusive situations, probably involving people who thought they wanted a horse and didn’t have a clue how to care and provide for one. The last ranch rescues horses from auction barns. This one confuses me. At one time, a horse in an livestock auction barn was heading to the packing plant to become dog food. From what I understand, the packing plants have been shut down in America. So what happens to horses auctioned away?
As I did in Give the Lady a Ride, I want to give a voice to those involved in ranching and rodeo. So many misconceptions exist these days, and the more I research, the more I realize that the rugged lifestyle of the American Cowboy is in danger.
Recently, I read an article about author “branding”: associating ourselves and our books with particular concepts to make us more identifiable to the readers. “Branding” is another word for pidgeon-holing, I guess. If you’re looking for this pidgeon, try “Christian,” “Western,” and “Romance” . . . in that order.
I love the name of this book “Give the Lady a Ride.” I hope you can find someone to publish it, if not, there is always the possibility of independent publishing. Hope to see the book out there! Don’t give up!
Thank you, Sue! I’m keeping my options open. I have friends who are excellent novelists who have self-pubbed, so I’m certainly not allergic to the idea!
Thank you for stopping by!
Keeping your queries in prayer! Let me know when you get a nibble!
And have I mentioned I’m really excited about Roping Venus? Can’t wait to see what you’ve got cooking down there in Texas!
Best wishes on your journey to publication. You’re following all the signs and obeying all the rules; you’re giving it all you’ve got. Putting the outcome in God’s hands is the wisest move you can make.
Blessings on your queries. Now, lets not talk about agents experience heh?
Yes, agents are terribly busy; but at the same time, I’m shocked to see how much some of them tweet. I bet we’d get our rejections a lot quicker without Twitter. 😉
Thanks for the encouragement everyone!
@Joyce: They do tweet a lot, but I learn a lot about them when they do!