This post is to let everyone know that they should never give up hope when it comes to querying publishers and literary agencies.
Last week, I got an email from a literary agent who had received my query. Not this year. LAST YEAR. She apologized profusely for her delay in answering, and much to my surprise, she asked for 100 pages of Beneath the Surface!
This excites me for more than a few reasons:
1. My query made it out of the slush pile from last year and onto an agent's desk-yay!!!
2. I was wrong to assume that no response means an automatic rejection.
3. Maybe, if I'm really lucky, she'll ask to see more!!
In the off chance that this agent doesn't want to read the entire manuscript, that's okay, because my feelings about submitting have completely taken a 180 degree turn. I want to give everyone a sense of hope; no matter how long it's been since a query letter lands in a publisher's or agent's "inbox", never ever assume that they've shredded or deleted it. The email that I received this past week is living proof!!
Keep your fingers crossed for me! Beneath the Surface may still be self-published in the end, but I have a renewed hope that I may, one day, see it on a bookstore shelf.
What dreams may come?
Right now, Liss and Rion and jumping for joy and clapping their hands in my head.
I'll keep you all posted.