July Stats

Posted on: August 1st, 2009 by Anthony Rapino 9 Comments

Another month has come and gone. It’s been a fairly busy one for me, and even though I got nearly no new writing done, I did get a lot of polishing and editing work done on my novel.

So, some stats:

Query Rejections: 2
*Full Manuscript Request: 1
Still waiting to hear: 1 partial, 2 queries
Consumed double bacon cheeseburgers(with extra bacon): 6
Batches of homemade ice cream: 3
Death threats (made by me): 2
Death threats (for me): 5 and a half. The half is because one was lost in the mail, and the sender mysteriously died in the interim.
Cups of coffee consumed: How do you do the symbol for infinity with a keyboard?

*A note on the full manuscript request. This happened only two days ago. I received a phone call from the agency to request the manuscript.

Like Catherine J Gardner, I wasn’t completely happy with my letter. Some recent comments about my query in a contest seemed to verify that it wasn’t up to par. So when I received the call, I was relieved, happy, and above all else, surprised.

I’ll now enter manuscript purgatory, where I’ll wait for a response. There’s no telling how long it will take, so in the mean time, I’ll write, write, write!

Happy August everyone. Get ready for Halloween. It’s coming.

9 Responses

  1. Akasha Savage says:

    ooh…a manuscript request…that sounds promising. Fingers crossed. 🙂

  2. onipar... says:

    Thanks! I'm trying not to jinx myself, but I have a pretty good feeling about it.

  3. Aaron Polson says:

    Congratulations on the request…good luck with the waiting.

  4. onipar... says:

    Thanks, Aaron. This is my first attempt at getting an agent, so I'm not sure what to expect in terms of the wait time. I've heard anywhere from 1 – 12 months, from different sources.

  5. Catherine J Gardner says:

    You got a phone call from the agency. That's amazing.

    Yep, those full requests can run from a week to months.

  6. onipar... says:

    Thanks 🙂

    At least I practiced waiting with all those short story submissions…

  7. Stephanie Faris says:

    I'd say a manuscript via telephone is definitely a good sign. I've never gotten one by phone before.

  8. onipar... says:

    Thanks, Stephanie. I thought it was a good sign too, but it might just be easier for them since they do their submissions through snail mail.

    Eh, who knows.

  9. Wendy says:

    Congrats on your manuscript request! 🙂

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