Book Submission Update

Today marks exactly 2 months since I sent out my first round of 25 submissions of my young adult fantasy fiction novel to literary agents. Since this is my first go around of submissions I didn’t know what to expect or what kind of responses/response times I could expect. Here are the current stats:

NO’s = 14

Waiting for reply = 10

Request for full manuscript = 1

The last stat is pretty exciting, I have had one agency request my full manuscript. It wasn’t a for sure yes but it also wasn’t a no. As a writer it was extremely validating for an agency to ask for the first 50 pages and within hours be so intrigued and ask for the rest of the manuscript. I am still waiting for response from this particular agency and in the meantime I plan to send 25 more submissions. Every eight weeks I plan to send 25 submissions until I get a solid yes. And it only takes one yes! 

This journey has been absolutely thrilling I am pursuing my dream, doing what I love, and living my own personal legend (thank you Pualo Coelho). After about the 10th “no” from an agent you kind of get a thicker skin and it doesn’t seem so devastating, so when I had an agent request my full manuscript I swear I took off on a rocketship to the moon… I have never been so excited! It made me feel like “I’m actually a writer, I’m actually a good writer…”

To be continued….

One thought on “Book Submission Update

  1. Yes, Lauren, you are a “gifted, talented writer who represents a new generation of published authors soaring to heights of success and notoriety. Prepare to take your place next to the literary giants with confidence, grace, thanksgiving and humility giving all praise, honor and glory to God from Whom all blessings flow. Persevere, my daughter, and never give up. Commit to the Lord whatever you do and He will make your plans succeed.
    From your proud mother and greatest fan💞🙋🏻👏🏻

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