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February 19, 2017
So I'm one week away from a three-week webinar I've signed up for called "Opening Pages That Lead to Yes". It's being put on by the Nelson Literary Agency, founded by one Kristin Nelson (who by the way I would absolutely LOVE to have representing me and my book). The focus will be on my first 5 or so pages which in my case is my entire first chapter which is fairly short. The class size is limited to twelve but so far it looks like it will be even smaller... which is good for me as it means more opportunity for interaction and input.
I feel fairly good about my first chapter, but then again, anything that makes it better only increases my chances of getting that elusive 'yes'. Speaking of chances... Nelson Lit releases their stats every January and to put things into perspective, here are Kristin's 2016 agent stats:
30,000 query emails received
92 full manuscripts requested
3 new authors signed...
YIKES!!! So that's a 1 in 10,000 chance if I write her a query letter. Well hopefully the quality of writing will slim those odds down a bit, but it is still rather an intimidating number.
I did some very premature querying over the Summer and I now see how I jumped the gun. I've made so many alterations and tweaks to the book since then, it actually frightens me what might have happened had I found an agent who wanted to run with the book in its then state. I'm much more confident now with the book's readiness for a larger audience. That said I do hope this webinar can help me polish it even further, and if I am very very lucky, maybe... just maybe it might catch the attention of Mrs. Nelson, who will be joining in during the third session to read some of the edited pages.
After the webinar is over, my next step is to reengage in the process of sending query letters to prospective literary agencies in hopes that I will get some responses and requests for my full manuscript. I'll most likely post a report or two during and after the class to let you know how it went.