So, now I’m back in DC and reality is rushing in. Not only do I have to face the prospect of returning to teaching, but I also have to brace myself for the process of querying agents. Over the summer, I’ve compiled a list of agents, some of whom I submitted my first manuscript to and others whose names I’ve come across by way of recommendations and research.
I find the submission process daunting, because I know rejection is on its way. It’s just a matter of course. And although I feel really good about this novel, I know it won’t be some agents cup of tea. Questions float through my head, such as: Will they see the gay angle as a marketing plus or minus? These days, I really do think it’s a plus, especially because gay marriage is such a hot topic, but I don’t know. Will they get what I’m doing with the structure? The dual narrators? The interwoven pulp pastiche, which serves as a thematic echo for the main story? I don’t know, but I do feel like I sending them something that’s high quality, character driven, and ends really well.
We’ll see how confident I sound after a few rejections. Sigh.