A Break to Ask Your Advice

I was kept busy all day yesterday, so I apologize for not posting a new chapter of my New Mexico Noir. If I were a more diligent person, I would have had it ready to post ahead of time. But I’m not. Actually, what I am is a busy lady with a husband, four children, family obligations to those outside my immediate family, a church family, friends. . .

Before I ask for your sage advice, dearest readers, I would like to make a comment. I find it telling that whenever I post something I find comical on my blog, nobody responds. Like this, for example. I thought this post was hilarious, but the only person who agreed with me was my dearest husband, and who knows what ulterior motives he had for calling me brilliant.

I guess it’s because my sense of humor is way out in left field. I should think of this as a warning that I’m probably not the best person to be writing humor. Still, though, I did want my reading audience to know the humor of zeugma. You see, the poem I posted last Friday was meant to be humorous. Does anybody know what zeugma is? I’ll reward you with my undying blogging devotion if you not only look up it up, but make up a good one and post it in the comments section. Oh, and no stealing from Pope. That’s not allowed. Plus, I’ll recognize it right off the bat because of my already existing undying devotion to Pope’s verses.

All right, then, onward to my begging asking nicely for advice:  Six months ago, I sent out a query to the agent who was on the top of my list of best agents to query.  I did not expect that she would request my manuscript.  Because she did, and she was my top choice, I stopped sending out queries.  I’d only sent out four, and the others came back with rejections.  Six months later, I’ve written the sequel to the book I’d queried (and, no, I didn’t know at the time that there would be a sequel.  It just came to me suddenly, and I had to write it.)  Now, I suspect that I should start querying again.

What do you think?  Should I start querying other agents?  Should I write the agent a polite e-mail telling her that I’ll be querying other agents?  What would you do?

So, send me a zeugma or some sage advice.  Either one would relieve my heart or bring me joy.



  1. query…query…query…query. When you get exhausted, query…query…query some more. Get up the next day and query…query…query, and repeat that process when you've gone through your list of 699 agents. — Regards, Mac

  2. I think Mac covered the advise. As for the humor, I can't speak for anyone else but as for me, over the head. You are thinking way up here but I'm way down here, as much as I hate to admit it. At least your ol' man gets you, unless he has…[bom bom bommm] ulterior motives.

  3. Mac, I'm sure you're right, but my head spins when I think of it. Not literally, of course. Do you have an agent? Did it work for you to query, query, query any agents out there? It seems it does work for some, while others are lucky right off. Sadly, I've never been a lucky one!

  4. @ Texlahoma: yeah, I suspect I'm not cut out for comedy. Oh, well. Hopefully, my writing resonates with others on another level.

  5. Double check her website/blog to see if there's any information on how long it takes her to get back to writers, but etiquette tells me that whenever agents request partials or fulls, they WILL let you know either way. They won't leave you hanging. I don't think it's necessary to hold off on the querying while she's reviewing. Maybe double check with Elana Johnson's blog to see if she's got any "rules of thumb" about it first, but I think that's how it goes. If you were to get another request while she's reviewing, then I think it'd be courteous to let her know.

    On a side note: when I had an agent request the first 20 pages, it took her several months to get back to me, so I imagine that a six-month wait, while tedious, is probably the norm for a full. Also, congrats on that! đŸ™‚

  6. I have no answer to your question because I have no idea what you are talking about? I thought a query was a place where prisoners break up rocks. But I do think you have a good sense of humor. I guess because mine is also out in left field. đŸ™‚


  7. Seconding the query-query-query advice, unless. Unless you recieve enough replies (and five queries won't be enough) that convince you it's time to move on from this one. Or if you feel that it's time to move on yourself. But if not–keep on querying. At the best, you'll get tons of requests and ultimately, offers, and can say to Agent O'YourDreams that you've got another agent on the line–can she please let you know?

    I imagine she guesses that you are and have been querying other agents–no need to tell her.

  8. Ron, it's good to know I'm not the only one who is out in left field! If you aren't a writer, I suspect you don't know what a query is, but that's o.k. Stop by anytime.:)

  9. Rowenna, I suspect I'm simply putting off the inevitable. I know I need to query. I just don't want to. But I do like your best scenario!

  10. Jill, as an unagented and yet published author, I'm the wrong person to ask. But I find myself agreeing to everyone else that you must stick with it. But you're doing right to keep writing.

    Just keeping writing, writing, writing. What do you do? You WRIIIITE! (imagine Dory the blue tangfish singing her heart out)

    I plan to post about being published yet unagented sometime this week or next.

  11. Saumya, thanks. I think I'm going to buckle down and do it.

    April, yes, the writing is all I want to do!!! I'm looking forward to your post on going about it unagented.

  12. I loved reading these comments. An agent has my full and asked that I contact them a few months later and I did. They said they still couldn't say no and are hanging on to it but I could query still. Ive had other partial requests who let me know asap and one that never did even after I emailed. So you never know,. I'd keep querying if there are agents you want.

  13. Terri, congrats on the full out there in the world. I'm getting ready to almost start querying again. Ha, ha. It takes so much time and feels so distressing.

  14. This is way late coming, but I stopped querying in order to do so face-to-face at a conference. I don't want to knock out my top choices with an email query when some of them are available to pitch to in person at a conference! So, I'm holding off until then. Afterwards though, who knows!

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