Let’s see: more than 100 rejections (I’m sure I have long surpassed Louise Penny, who likes to claim that particular honour). A shortlisted entry for the Debut Dagger but no win. A long trip to the UK where the two agents that were supposed to meet me disappointed (one didn’t show, and the other managed to consistently avoid my eyes like a waiter in a snooty French restaurant).
And now it looks like the breakthrough may come as a result of my discussions with The Success Story (TSS) in Harrogate. At the bar. An hour before I left the festival to start packing.
As you know from my last post, thanks to the referral made by TSS, The Publisher has my manuscript. The Publisher also recommended I consider contacting a very prominent agent in the UK for representation. I emailed that agent last night.
I had an email in my basket this morning. The Prominent Agent said he’d be foolish to ignore such high level recommendations and would be happy to read my manuscript as soon as he has time.
No query letter, no synopsis.
Needless to say, I’m thrilled (make that really freaking thrilled) but it makes me wonder: after all of this effort, does it all come down to who you know?