Finding an Agent is a bi-*shh*
One thing I learned from people who are more knowledgeable than I am when it comes to this: You don’t have the right to rant. You only have the right to be patient, and be professional.
The Publishing Industry is one of the fields that never stops progressing. In my belief, literature has been a big part of our world since the Bible has been published.
But when has it been published, really? To be honest, I have no idea. However, before we all get religious here, I think that it is one of the industries that keeps on developing and continuously outdoing itself. As I always describe this: it is its own enemy.
My first book, The Chosen Ones, has been finished for quite a while now. Months, to be precise. I’ve been wanting to publish it since I finished everything – starting when I was through doing the first, second, third drafts; then after I edited it countless of times, and when I finally was done editing its cover.
Well, the cover part is not really included.
At first, I was thinking of going indie for this one. But everything changed when I get good feedback from people I trust to tell me the truth (who can also be harsh, but constructive, at the same time.) Hence, I started looking for a literary agent.
I thought, “It can’t be that hard to find someone to represent me. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of agents out there who would certainly want to do that job for me.”
I was wrong, nevertheless.
I learned about this when I first sent a query letter to ***** (I’m not going to name anyone, or any companies.) I’ve waited for months before I finally got a reply from them, only knowing that they can’t represent me.
I am the kind of person who would rather not send my work to a lot of agents, and just choose one when two or more would say they’d be happy to represent me. I don’t want to waste someone’s time only to fulfill my desires to have my work be out there in the market. I know that they are just as important as I am, and I am in no position to do anything that would probably hurt their working routine.
But I need to be honest. It is becoming really more difficult for me to keep this going. I am a very impatient person before all this happened. I’ve never wanted to be the person who’s being kept waiting. I was never someone who would think of other people’s well-being if mine is already not in good shape. I was never those. However, things have changed when I finally decided to become a writer. (If you wanna know how I got myself into writing, read this.)
In my head, writing is the hardest part of being a writer. I was half-wrong, it turned out. Because writing is not the only part which is the hardest when you choose to go this way. It is the whole process which is difficult to do. It wastes a lot of your time, put your hard works on hold, your sanity in jeopardy (at times), and your social life. And then comes the part when you have to look for an agent (for starting writers, and who chooses to go traditional.)
But life ain’t easy. It’s never been. If you’re looking for comfort, this is not for you. But if you’re looking for a lifetime fulfillment, this is the way you’re supposed to be.
So, for us writers, we don’t have the right to be querulous. Patience is a virtue, as many would say. But I’ll say: Never complain. If you truly believe with what you’ve done, there’s no point for you to be impatient. Time is your friend. Sometimes, it takes a right timing to find the right person.