No shit, replies every author who persisted long enough to find an agent.
I’ve been trying to find an agent for my work sporadically since I finished my third novel, Alpha Slip, in 2010. I’ve learned a lot about writing and the industry along the way (completing 10 novels and twice that many novellas will do that). What I’ve mostly learned is that querying agents is rough. You get ignored more than you get rejected. You get rejected more than you get asked for partial manuscripts. Full manuscript requests? Might as well lasso a unicorn.
Except. Except. Things are different this time.
Here’s my querying history:
Alpha Slip (2010-2011): 9 queries. 1 partial request, 4 rejections, 4 no-replies. Gave up. Never published.
Century of Sand (2011-2015): 24 queries. 1 full MS request, 12 rejections, 11 no-replies. Gave up. Self published.
God Factory (2017): 13 queries (so far). 3 full MS requests, 1 partial. No rejections.
I’m not suggesting this is an unrejectable novel. They’ll come soon enough. But for now, for this glorious moment…
I feel really good about this book, friends.