Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Submitting to US Literary Agents: Done and Done

It took me over six weeks, but I've submitted Soci of Metro to all of the US-based agents on my list. That's 73 agents, some of which specialise in sci-fi, some who work with speculative fiction authors, and some who only ask for "genre fiction" in general.

What did I learn? American agents reply far more rapidly than UK agents. A good handful got back to me within a week, some within a few days, and one within a few hours. So far I have 14 rejections and two requests for further material. Most of those rejections were form emails, but a few of them commented on the strength of my idea and my query letter.

The query letter works. I spent weeks on it before submitting to UK agents, and I've been tweaking it ever since. But at its core, it's the same letter, and I'm glad I put the work in to get it right (at least I hope it's right) first time.

Now I'm going to wait. I know there's more agents out there, but the house move I mentioned in a previous blog post is happening at the end of this month. It'll be good to let the remaining 57 agents discover my submission in the mean time.


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