As I indicated in the previous Nothing is an Accident progress report, the manuscript is now as done as I believe it’s going to be, and I was moving onto the next step of beginning to submit the manuscript through a query, synopsis and sample to every agent I can find looking for mystery/thrillers. And here’s the first update on how it’s going so far.
I have begun submitting to a number of agents, after making a tracking spreadsheet of all the details on various agents looking for mystery/thrillers. So far I have had two rejections, which is good in that I received a reply in a short time, as opposed to waiting weeks and even months to get a response.
The great news I have also had from an agent is a response and request for the full manuscript. The even bigger news about this was that it was to an agent in New York, and I sent off the request after 4PM eastern time, meaning the agent was already out at the office, so to speak, and received a response in just over an hour after sending out the submission. And then the true icing on the cake was this awesome and exciting response from the agent:
“Wow, would love to see where your story is headed. Please send us the manuscript. I look forward to reading your manuscript.
Sent from my iPad”
It made my day, and week in fact.
And now that I have begun this long journey into submitting to agents, I’m reminded of the hurdles that both James Rollins and N. K. Jemisin made, which they talked about in their interviews, of hitting milestones with agents, and celebrating those milestones . . . also since we’re coming into the last couple of months of baseball season, right now it’s all about the stats. So below you will find the scoreboard for August 25th for Nothing is an Accident: