I’ve finished my book. I’ve written the synopsis, the query, and started sending it out to agents. Many agents represent a color-coded excel row, for me, at this point. I no longer see who they are in the industry, but which color they are in my legend of representation.
Green = Not yet responded (I chose green because it’s my late brother’s favorite color and it symbolizes the color of hope. Moreover, I still have hope they won’t reject me.)
Yellow = Full manuscript requests (This is what makes me check, religiously, my email. I confess, I only have two rows of yellow but I’ve had four rows total.)
Red = duh, REJECTION. (The entire excel spreadsheet looks like a blood bath, I’ll be honest. After the green, it’s either yellow or red, so my obsessive email checkage usually results in a red-row day).
The entire process, I confess, has me on an interesting insecurity-of-talent rollercoaster. So much so that I have made a decision that from now on I will not start writing a book until the outline and synopsis translates into a great logline (elevator pitch). This leads me to my cross post, which was what I wanted to do in the first place.