When I started Project Sparkle, I agonized, sweated, and swore writing rough drafts was the hardest thing ever.
When I revised Project Sparkle the whining started. Revision is so hard, so time consuming, so endless!
Then one miraculous day it was done. After weeks of tearing out my hair, I learned I had done well. I got to move on to the next step. I couldn't wait.
Except... the submission process stinks!
Of course, I play this game at every stage. Whenever the writing isn't going well, I'm convinced the next part will be easier.
But perhaps the submission process really is the worst. Or at least, it has the highest and lowest points. A request for a full from one agent, followed by a form rejection from another.
Since I know my manuscript is ready to send out, I had hoped that would make the process a bit easier. It probably has, but the submission process is still grueling.
On the Blueboard, people were sharing blog posts on the odds of getting published.
Pub Rants: Agent Kristin Nelson's stats for 2009 (yes, she did say she received 38,000 queries!)
Editorial Anonymous talks about finding 3 good manuscripts out of 15,000.
The Temp, The Actress, and the Writer: author Adrienne Kress writes about Kristin's stats, and why they don't matter.
Harold Underdown at The Purple Crayon has a comprehensive post on all of this called: The Odds of Getting Published Stink--and Why You Shouldn't Care.
At least I'm not the only one receiving a form rejection!
Strangely, all these stats make me feel a little better. And they make my work drafting Project Demo much more refreshing!
What stage are you weathering at the moment? Is it the worst?