(This post originally appeared on the WriteForKids Blog)
Like many of you, I’ve been knee deep in the querying trenches, desperately trying to make my submission stand out in the staggering slush pile. And as we all know, this process is time consuming. It goes on and on, peppered with rejection letters, until we finally get a bite.
I signed with my first agent a few weeks after I got my first bite. In my mind, my problems were now over. Yahoo! No more submissions! No more Twitter pitch parties! No more querying! I was already visualizing a book contract with the Big Five.
But that’s not how the cookie crumbled.
Here are 3 truths nobody tells you about landing an agent:
- It can be anti-climactic: Don’t expect a book deal the next day, week or month.
- You will still need patience: The submission process is laborious, no matter who’s doing the submitting.
- You will still get rejected: The difference is that now, the rejections get sent to your agent.
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