The Waiting Game – The Misery That is the Query Letter

James B. Shannon


Having recently completed the final edits on a 104,000 word manuscript, I have now ventured into the murky waters of soliciting a literary agent, a difficult but necessary step in the process of finding a publisher. This foray has me harking back to my high school physics class and Newton’s  third law of motion – for each action there is an equal and opposite reaction. As stimulating and enjoyable as I have found the task of researching and writing to be, my limited experience at sending out query letters has shown it to be its equal and opposite reaction – a soul-destroying waiting game where time stands still and creativity languishes.

Now don’t get me wrong. I am not flinching in the face of rejection. It goes with the territory. However, I have found the waiting to be rather difficult. Part of this discomfort is, no doubt, owing to the…

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