5 Year Writing Goal: June update
I’m taking part in Misha and Beth’s Five Year Project and my five-year goal is to write a novel and get it published.
I’ve been looking for an agent for my historical novel, The Reluctant Scribe, without any success so far.
My aim was to approach a new agent every week. But I’ve failed to keep up with that self-imposed schedule. The whole process is very time-consuming – and stressful. So it’s easy to find other things to do!
For example: I’ve just had a go at self-publishing a little walking booklet, based on an assignment piece I wrote during my Birkbeck course. It was much easier than I expected to get the thing up on Amazon. Here it is: Soggy Socks. I’m working on a digital version.
Anyway, back to my novel, The Reluctant Scribe, and my quest for an agent.
Agents approached so far = 5
Requests for whole manuscript = 0
Rejections so far = 4
I am getting back the standard rejection letters. Thank you and we enjoyed reading … blah, blah… but it is not the kind of thing we are looking for … blah, blah. Although I wasn’t expecting instant success, it’s disappointing that nobody has asked to look at the full manuscript. This makes my think my first few chapters aren’t strong enough or exciting enough.
So, I think I have two choices. Keep submitting. Or revamp the beginning of the novel.
Your thoughts, as always, are welcomed. What should I do?