Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Full Manuscript Request and Very Little Giddiness...

I don't know if you saw my postscript on Monday or not, but, after my positive thinking about that nice agent who asked for the partial, I was promptly asked for the FULL Hafan Deg manuscript! He also requested a thirty-day exclusive on it, and I'm happy with that.

Funny thing is, I'm not overwhelmed by this, and I thought I would be. I mean, I don't want to sound casual about it, but I am just so relaxed with this whole query process. If it happens, it happens. (Which is in keeping with my more or less Buddhist philosophy on life, anyway.) You'd think there would be anxiety, but I've so come to terms with the constant reminders of the time it can take to find an agent, that I'm not really expecting one yet. How practical and sensible is that? Anyway, one agent has Hafan Deg from start to finish, and I hope he enjoys it, but I'm also thinking that a partial is now being opened at another agency, mailed the week before, and I'm wondering if something might come of that, too. It would be uplifting to have to apologize to them that the full couldn't be released to them yet, right? Oh, optimistic fool!

When I first started querying, I was surprised at how easily I sent my snippets out. I enjoy the research, tweaking my little stats spreadsheet I've set up in XL, and updating my Query Tracker list. I figure I have a lot more names to add before the exercise is complete - if ever. The act of querying has become a sort of game, and quite fun.

Can you believe that after all this time, re-writing and re-writing, weeping over words, reading blogs that depressed or alarmed me, being warned about "agent" con artists, hearing about failing publishing companies, and that e-publishing is the wave of the future...all of this stress suddenly disappeared as soon as I let the book go? Well, it did.

Hafan Deg is on its own out there now, I hope safely, in professional hands, and I'm not experiencing that stab of pain felt when I handed a child over to school that very first day, and I thought I would.

We've all had it drummed into us online that it could take 30, 40, 50 or more queries before we get a nibble. Some never get a nibble. So I came into this expecting to wait quite a while, and it somehow released me to get on with writing Strachan's Attic. I honestly think this has been the saving grace. If you haven't already done it, start on that next book now. It will renew you.

So - Query Summary - 12 Pending, 1 Partial, 1 Full with exclusivity, and 5 Rejects.

And I'm just about as relaxed as I can be.

10 comments:

Melissa Marsh said...

Awesome news, Fran! And a 30-day exclusivity! That's pretty neat. Congrats!

Embee said...

Congratulations! Gives the rest of us hope!!!

Casey said...

How exciting, Fran! Two of my online writer friends just signed with agents and it's extremely inspirational and motivational. I hope your turn is coming soon as well!

Eric said...

Congrats. I honestly have to say I'm a little worried about the whole process, but since I'm not even done with my first draft yet, I don't have to worry about it just yet. Thats cool though, and I'll keep my fingers cross for you.

Fran said...

Hey Guys, thanks, all of you. How nice to get such a positive response. But I'm still resisting the urge to get too excited...

ElanaJ said...

Great responses! Congrats on the full! Fingers crossed for you.

Kit Courteney said...

Ooooh, ooooh.... I shall do the excited bit for you instead!

(I'm jumping up and down, waving my arms and making a bit of a fool of myself, to be honest.)

Seriously, how HEALTHY an attitude do you have?!

We'll have to start calling you Little Miss Sensible.

kate said...

Congrats!! Keep us posted on what happens!!! -Kate

Electra said...

Fran, how exciting! I finally read the first three chapters of Hafan Deg and if I was an agent, I'd ask you for more! I found the back story intriguing: how she coped with being dumped and how she got out of her depression; I don't know if you revisit it later in the novel, but I think it deserves more space, maybe as flashbacks, instead of just summary. Remember, I only read 3 chapters & no synopsis. What I got out of it was a woman starting her life over. I assume she stayed married for religious regions? She seemed to have some emotional closure before but the husband's death is a catalyst to a new level of adventure? I want to read more!

Fran said...

Electra, Thank you so much! EMail me (see my Profile) for link to the Full ms.