I regret to report that I am still waiting for the return of my detailed critique. I will try to explain the pain in regaling such patience.
3-29-15 / Sunday
Deadline came and went receiving nary a word with awaited for constructive criticism.
3-30-15 / Monday
Trauma by way of mental anguish having waited over 2 months to receive Query letter, Synopsis and 1st chapter back before re-submitting to other agencies, contests, etc. with needed fixes. (Yes, I promise I am working other projects, but slowly dy – ing as each minute ticks by.)
3-31-15 / Tuesday
Still no e-mail in either box, chewed nails to nubbins, finished 1 gallon of coffee ice-cream, 1 pint of tequila, smoked 1st pack of cherry-cigarillos. (Not really, but it still could happen.)
4-1-15 / Wednesday
In between – jumping between – in boxes, I consider possible options… #1 Call company who offered class/No offered phone number-Only generic comment box… #2 Call the agency directly and look a fool?? (I chose option 1.)
4-2-15 / Thursday
Now there is no critique in either e-mail or response from said company I paid fee to, so I…Chose option 2 using phone number that was on my received submission and, of course, instead of talking to secretary for agency, this happens to be agent’s personal voicemail. (Look a fool, completed.)
4-3-15 / Friday
In the wee A.M Hours-No returned phone call from agency; or e-mail inquiry comment from hosted company, or waited for critique. Pacific Time meridian, so 12 o’clock west coast would be 3 o’clock east coast, most likely end of day considering it is Friday before Easter, and I decided to send an over-apologetic reply e-mail to the web-submission address that confirmed original reception. (Wow, are you still with me?)
Late Night Friday agent replies…AGENT replies via e-mail kindly and sincerely that they need a couple more days.
4-6-15 / Monday
In the afternoon I receive e-mail response from comment box submission/hosted company replied-did you check junk mail?? (No help to be had here and a whole lotta too late.)
Is there a moral here? I am not sure as I am still in the hold pattern, but at least the gracious agent responded. The hesitancy in contacting any of these avenues comes directly from social media comments – about how authors screw themselves by not following proper protocols.
Recently, one example in particular was, an aspiring writer had over 100 agent e-mail addresses in the send to box depersonalizing their submission to each and every one, an instant rejection and possible black-list. (The joke being this poor soul would definitely need a pen name now.)
The second example was during #PITMAD where an aspiring writer tweeted a negative and UN-professional comment to a requesting agency and then was warned publicly to follow proper etiquette.
The third example could now be…me?? How an over-anxious, wanna-be published and represented author couldn’t hold her horses – say it isn’t so! Hopefully, it will just be added into my critique notes on, “How to avoid rookie mistakes when submitting to agents.”
Write On – ❤ Jessica