Do not obsessively check my gmail inbox for agent responses.In theory, this sounds like a completely reasonable idea. A number of agents have my query. A happy subset of that number actually have requested partials or fulls of my MG manuscript. Better yet, patience has generally been one of my strong suits over the years.
So, what's the problem?
The Waiting Game is killing me.
Okay, so maybe not killing me. It's not as if I'm gushing blood here or my limbs are being severed or I'm being fired upon--and hit--by bullets, rocks, and/or slings arrows of my outrageous fortune. It's just that this drawn-out period of limbo is eating away at my stomach. That, and a very uncharacteristic buzzing, swirling thought pattern has settled into my head that alternates between "This might just happen!" and "There is no way this is going to happen."
Everything I've ever read on The Waiting Game has recommended the following advice:
- Immediately begin work on another project
- Prepare your Agent List; for every rejection you receive have your next query ready to send out
Still, there's this constant droning in the back of my head.
One of the agents who responded asked for a month-long exclusive. At the same time she admitted she had a lot to read already in her Kindle and was still not likely to get back to me for at least three or four weeks. That helped to put a timeframe in better perspective for me--someone who saw potential in my story still couldn't get back to me any sooner than three weeks.
Intellectually, I understand this process takes time and I'm fine with that. I'm fine with agents not falling in love with my goofy story. I know it's not for everyone and I want to find that one person who believes in the story and the characters as much as I do.
Emotionally, each rejection hurts and I wish that email and that call would come. Like now.
What do/did you do while you're waiting for word back from agents? What worked best? What didn't work at all?