My book is written. My pitch is written. My proposal is written. I was all set to pitch small publishing houses, but then, after speaking with another author, I changed my mind. I may end up trying for Tiny Publishing House You’ve Never Heard Of, or self publishing, but first, I’m going to try and land an agent and end up with Random House. Why not go for the gold? If it doesn’t work out, at least I’ll know that I tried.
So how hard is it to land an agent? Here’s a good quote from the National Writers Union, “Finding a literary agent is like moving to a new town and having to find a contractor to remodel your house and a mechanic to fix your car all at once. It has a strong element of Russian roulette.”
Great. Where’s my gun?
The key to pursuing an agent is apparently patience. Everything I have read suggests that finding an agent is difficult. Extremely difficult. If you’re lucky enough to find an agent after six months and hundreds of query letters, working with the agent before your book is submitted to publishers will take another six months. Or a year, or two years. It may be a decade before my book sees the light of day if I stay the course.
A decade is too long. So I’m going to try and land an agent for the next few months, and if I can’t do it in that time frame, then I’m going to pitch the small publishers directly. It took most of the day yesterday to get seven query letters out, so I need to get back to the computer!
Wish me luck….