Today marks the sixth wave of submissions that have been sent out, like little hopeful messages in bottles thrown errantly out into an uncaring ocean, all in the hopes that one will be found by that one person that will see it, resonate with it, and decide to join me on this journey to publication.
Because that’s a key thing to remember here: even if I do find representation in between the mountainous piles of (virtual) rejection notes, it’s simply another step towards the eventual end goal: getting the damn thing into your hands.
Whether it’s via a brick and mortar bookstore (kicking it, old school) or through the magic of the magnificent inter webs, delivering it to your Kindle, all that matters in this long (arduous) endeavour is that you can read it, absorb it and, hopefully, enjoy it.
Just today I came to a double-edged realisation: I’ve been submitting longer than I thought. Also, time is a cruel, harsh mistress. *cries deeply as, like sands through an hourglass, yada yada*
In the time I have been sending Temporary out to agencies, one particular agent (that I had high hopes for) has actually switched to another agency. Its also been about six months since I contacted him at his previous agency. So, why does this matter?
This agent was one that I queried with a piece of trash submission. I thought it was ready. It wasn’t. Having done some research to determine whether it was ever okay to resubmit to an agent, I was left with an exciting opportunity: the chance to remedy a past mistake. A second chance, which is pretty exciting.
He still may not be interested in any way. He may be frustrated at seeing my name/project pop up into his inbox again – sorry, if that’s the case! – but what if he’s not? What if he sees something in the writing that simply wasn’t there before? What if…
The research suggested resubmitting was okay, as long as there were major differences between submissions and enough time (six months seemed to be a minimum) had passed. Thankfully, this project ticks both of these boxes.
So, who knows, right? I deliberated long and hard over doing it and figured the outcome could go one of two ways:
- He rolls his eyes and thumbs the rejection once more, mildly frustrated
- He likes the new pitch and sees the potential in something that wasn’t there before
It’s important for us dreamers to always wonder and act upon that simple thought, that simple motivating ideal…to keep riding this wave of ‘what if…’