...and the quest for the golden basket!
I have been inundated with emails and messages from you all, desperate to know whether I have heard anything from the agency I submitted my debut novel to 20 days ago - not that I'm counting or anything... ahem. And okay... I haven't really had any enquiring messages, but I thought it was time I update you anyway.
So what's the story? Have I heard anything yet? Maybe this article title kind of gives it away... doh!
After submitting the first three chapters of my book, a synopsis and a covering letter whereby I tried to encapsulate the perfect balance of honesty, personality and uniqueness in an effort to pitch my debut novel as the next big thing, I have been religiously checking my emails - even moreso then when I've applied for a job or waiting to see the first pictures of our wedding through from our photographer. And what is perhaps most frustrating about this process is that given I submitted to an agency in the UK, the time difference means it becomes a rather futile exercise rechecking throughout the day, as it's unlikely the woman I emailed has a burning desire to look over manuscript submissions at three in the morning.
Therefore... I am still playing the waiting game. Which brings me to the question I am sure is floating through your mind: When will I submit to another agency? Do I wait to hear back? Well this is the question, and this is also the pickle. Me being the ever-optimistic Piscean, I would much prefer to wait to hear back, that is until I went back onto their website (I think I may have single-handedly boosted their website visitor numbers into the thousands last month) and my eyes fell upon a note exclaiming it may take up to eight weeks. That is not to say it will, but it could... I give you the pickle! Do I wait a full eight weeks, or do I begin to explore other possibilities?
A wise person once said don't put all your eggs in one basket, but I believe that person didn't take into account how many eggs nor the capacity and strength of the basket before making this claim. I have one egg, but it is my golden egg, and I am happy for my golden egg to be in one basket.
So the less cryptic answer to that question is yes. I shall continue to play the waiting game, but that doesn't mean I can't window shop and browse what other baskets are out there in the interim.
In the words of our good friend George Michael - I gotta have faith.