Submission Jitters

You’ve been there. The manuscript you’ve toiled over, polished, and perfected is ready for submission. You have the name and email address of a new agent who looks like she just took off her cap and gown, and she’s accepting new clients. Her website says she loves picture books, the quirkier the better. You write quirky picture books. She’s young and fresh and surely not jaded! She’ll love you!

Nothing. Days, weeks, months.

She doesn’t love you.

You check her website and see she’s signed an author whose book you don’t think has an ounce of quirk in it. In fact, you think it sucks. You reread your manuscript and wonder why she hated it so much she didn’t even take the time to send you a rejection email. 

I’m looking at the email address of a new and very young agent. Says she loves quirky picture books. In fact, she says she has a special place in her heart for them. I have manuscripts I’d like her to read, but the jitters have settled in. I have to temporarily place my future as a writer in the hands of someone who has less life experience than the boots in my closet. I’m about to give a very young, self-proclaimed picture book junkie a chance to decide that my stories just don’t measure up to her standards. And the worst part is that she won’t even bother to tell me.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Caffe Maggieato
    Mar 20, 2014 @ 18:03:06

    That sucks about the first agent but good luck with your other submissions!

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