Eliza’s Story Submission Jar

Today, October 21, 2020 is the day. The first bead sits at the bottom of my submission jar. I’ve polished my manuscript of Eliza’s story as far as I can at this point thanks to:

  • Five reams of paper and two boxes of red pens across seven drafts
  • Two writing conferences
  • Two rounds of beta readers
  • Two developmental editors
  • One copy editor
  • And, loads of support from family, friends, other authors, and social media followers.

Now, it’s time to release Eliza out into the world, seeking an agent who believes in her story and will work with me to bring it forward to a publisher and readers far and wide. I have developed a list of agents to solicit with my query (quick story hook – hence all my practice with perfecting a 50-word pitch) based on targeted networking and a review of which agents represent debut authors in the historical fiction genre. And I thought writing 88,000 words was the hard part!

While I wait for a response, I’ll look back at the encouraging words I received from those who have worked with me over the past three years. They provide a simple reminder that I have a great story and someone, somewhere, in the publishing industry will realize it, too.

You didn’t come this far,

to only come this far.

A heartfelt thanks to you, as well. Many of you have followed my journey since Day One of my Creative Writing class. Others are recent followers interested in book reviews and information on the development of Eliza’s story. Your continued support is greatly appreciated. I hope to meet many of you in person at a launch event for Eliza’s story. Until then, Happy Reading. I’ll be sitting here by my keyboard, looking at the lonely bead in my jar, hitting refresh on my Inbox . . . waiting, waiting, waiting for an agent’s reply.

What’s a Submission Jar?

There is some good info on Twitter. Idea came from a member of a writing community. Each bead represents a different step in the agent querying process: Send a Query, Rejection Received, No Reply, Request for More Samples, Request for a Full Manuscript, YES!! - I Want to Be Your Agent. When you've finished the process, string them together for a necklace to wear to book signings. Here's to hoping for the length of a choker, not a double-strand of pearls.  #submissionjar

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17 thoughts on “Writing A Novel: Part 2 Agent Queries

  1. Janis,

    Good luck in landing an agent, although I don’t think luck has anything to do with it. Your hard work and talent will get you an agent.

    While waiting on query answers are you going to start on the next chapter of Eliza’s story, are you going to begin a different story?

    I look forward to seeing your necklace (the choker) at your launch party!



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    1. Outline for the sequel already up on the screen. Luckily I have a start thanks to our St Augustine writers’ conference. Thanks for your encouraging words. I still need the luck! xoxo


  2. Another “Karen” is commenting!! I’m so glad that I’ve learned about your journey, and what a journey it is!! Your keeping us up-to-date each step of the way was so interesting! I love historical novels and am looking forward to reading yours! All the best for the next “chapter” of your journey!!

    Karen (and Joe)

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  3. This is SO exciting! I’m crossing my fingers and my toes. I can’t wait for the story to be out in the world and for you to get started on part 2!


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  4. Congratulations on reaching this momentous moment!! Looking forward to reading the finished book in my hand…signed copy, of course. Bonnie 😷🤗

    Sent from my iPad


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