I have begun sending out queries to agents, pitching my latest novel The Last Guest. Unlike my first bout of querying back in 2009, I am having a good time. Three years ago I was intimidated by literary agents but now that I've worked with two of them I realize that they're just people and the best way to talk to them is to treat them like rational, intelligent folks and not like mysterious alien beings. Also, during the last three years I've gotten comfortable with writing pitches of my novels so I'm not wigging out at that. I'm not wigging out at all. It's actually easy and fun. Though I'm not querying anyone who asks for a synopsis. I don't like synopses. I'll write one for a book that's going on submission, but I won't write one for use in querying an agent.
This is all time consuming, though. That's the annoying part of this: even with such swell tools as AgentQuery, there's a lot of slogging through useless websites (and can I just say that for people who work in publishing, representing professional writers, a lot of literary agents could really use an editor to work over their awful, awful, poorly-written and ungrammatical business websites) and guessing as to what people really mean in their lists of genres that interest them. Seriously, literary agents of America, most of the material that represents you to the public is vague to the point of meaninglessness. And your websites are eyesores, too. Do something about it, please. Spend a little cash. Hire a professional.
But I digress. As I say, agents are just people and so--as someone who writes business letters every day at the office--I'm just writing business letters and that's not anything to get flapped up about. I like the pitch I've written for The Last Guest and I like the book a lot, too. I'm not going hog-wild and querying every agent I can find. In 2009 I wrote eight query letters before hooking up with Jeff and since then I've met a few agents and possibly I'll contact them soon about the new book. Some of my author friends have offered to introduce me to their agents, too. So I am sort of awash in agents.
I'm also working, though slowly, on a new novel that I think has great potential if I can ever finish it. So things are looking pretty good as I move into the end of 2011. How are things for you?