From Pigeon House
You’ve submitted your manuscript and now it’s time for the wait. Waiting is one of the hardest games to play. Sometimes it's a bit shorter. Nobody wants to wait just like literary agents don't want to wait for the right book to come along so they have another published author who is willing and ready to put in hard work that this industry requires.
It's not about the book as much as it is about trying to decipher whether the book will sell, whether it's a good fir for the agency and so forth. The best advice from Pigeon House is to be savvy by being patient. If you are waiting and another agent offers representation, let the agent know by calling or sending an email. Make sure you tell other agents that have your book that you are looking to take an offer of representation.
Pigeon House realizes that you want to see your book in publication, but we also want you to know that rejection is apart of this business. If you get a rejections, don’t be discouraged and don’t ever stop doing being persistent in finding a literary agency for your book. The rejection process is not easy and you should always keep an open mind and never be discouraged if or when it happens. This is time to figure out how you can revise your query letter so that it is more appealing, and also your manuscript. Now, let’s say that you have been given a revision by an editors, don’t take it to mean that the agent doesn’t know what they are talking about, or don’t respect your work. We all know these people have the background and experience to help you break into the publishing world and improve your writing.
There is always room for improvement right? Take it a sign that you are on the right track and of interest and do your best to revise it as suggested. Take the time to really think about the agents suggestions and then come back to it at a later date. Once you’ve done this, you can do your strongest revision which could possibly end in being signed to a literary agency or a better manuscript and query letter. As writers, we really need to be in a state of constant growth and realization about the publishing industry and how competitive it is. And handle this competition with grace and have fun with it. Don’t be afraid to think of sending in a query letter as a job interview…because it really is. You are applying to get the job of your dreams and do what you love to do, and that’s okay.
Never give up and always do what is expected of you and know that literary agents know what their doing. Trust what they tell you because once you get a literary agent, the next step is finding an editor who will want to make revisions as well. It is part of this business so if you are bit bitter, snarky or unresolved, take a deep breath. Try and get back into the motion of professionalism in the working publishing world that you are trying to be apart of. First stop is literary agents, next stop is editing and publication. Keep this in mind with every literary agent that you submit to and you will be closer to being a published author.
Please Note: This agency offers a service that refers you to another literary agency if we have asked for revisions or the full manuscript. We will send referral letters to two agencies of our choice that we feel BEST fit your work. Please remember we have experience and know what will work and accept the two literary agents to whom we refer your manuscript and query letter.