Last year, I looked at what happens once you get that agent. Well, now I want to look at What Happens When You Go On Submission.
It's my hope that through chronicling my journey to (hopefully) publication that I can cast a little light along the publishing path for other writers following behind me. This is an industry where it can be deceptively difficult to find out information about the writer's journey. There seems to be a wealth of information about the query trenches, but limited information on what happens after that. I hope that by sharing my story fellow writers will have at least a little more idea on what to expect.
Okay, so let's get down to the bare bones here. What happens when you go on submission. Well, obviously the first thing that happens is this:
After the dancing ends, the next feeling you will most likely encounter is:
So, now we have the emotions dealt with - what next???
To be honest, a lot of that depends on your agent and the relationship you have. So I will tell you how it has worked for me:
* My agent drew up a list of editors at the major publishers who she felt would be a great fit for my book.
* She let me know which houses she was pitching.
* She sent a pitch package to each editor.
And then you WAIT.
Yes, that horrible sensation of waiting that you had when you were knee deep in the query trenches? Yes - you do that ALL OVER AGAIN!
But here comes the good bit. You hit refresh on your email for the MILLIONTH time. And there it is. An email from your agent, saying "XXX has requested the full".
COMMENCE dancing (see above) and being terrified (again, see above). This is a great yet terrifying moment. There are actually editors reading your work. For real. Gulp.
This is where my agent is worth her weight in gold.
Here's my process:
* I freak.
* Agent reassures me.
* I continue freaking.
* Agent emails me that another request has come in.
So you see, it's like a self-perpetuating circle. I hold down the "writing, editing, freaking" side of the circle; my agent holds down the "editing, promoting, reassuring" side of the circle. Perfect synergy.
As for what happens after that? I've not taken that step yet. I have 3 full ms requests so far. No rejections yet. All I can say is WATCH THIS SPACE!!!!