It is with great excitement that I can finally announce that I signed with a literary agent! Those who know me, know I’ve been trying to find an agent for quite some time. Anyone who queried knows how hard it is.
I thought to use this thread to MAYBE shed light on what I did right (for a change) and what’s going to happen from here. Querying writers don’t get a lot of control over what goes down at the end, but this time around I tried to have a strategy, but I can’t know if the success was due to the strategy or due to the book itself—or both.
What Came Before
I completed my very first novel “Rat” in January 2012 and started querying in February, landing an agent after fourteen queries and three weeks. My book went on submission in July of that year, it did not get picked up but I was already hammering through a different book called Undefined. That went on submission a year later. It did not get picked up either. For various reasons, I decided to quit writing and parted ways with my agent in 2015.
Quitting didn’t stick. A year later I joined Wattpad and my profile exploded seemingly overnight. I regained some self belief and completed a book called Ridde of the Owl. When I deemed it ready (it wasn’t), I started querying rather heavily.
I had two rounds of querying. 150 queries in the first round resulted in 4 requests and 146 rejections. Ultimately the requests ended in a “no” too. Second round, a year later, after heavy revision I queried 97 agents and received 13 requests. Better, but again, it was all “no”.
I wrote My Monster and its sequel, I wrote a YA contemporary called Law of the Jungle, wrote Skysnatched and The Thirteenth Courtyard and started countless projects. I was scared to query again. I randomly started a book called “Masquerade” in July of 2018, posted the first 5 chapters and Wattpad and forgot about it while I worked on self-publishing My Monster.
But my heart wasn’t in it. My health wasn’t great. I was busy with work, family… I decided to just quit writing… again.
Even though… the funny thing was that this book idea, MASQUERDADE, was shortlisted for the Wattys in 2018. I moved on, though. I was too busy anyway moving from Italy to the UK.