Another one from the vaults. This one is in honor of the fact that I will soon be querying again. (My short, not my novel *sigh*.)
Agent’s just not that into you.
Last night I was wrangled into going to see the movie, He’s just not that into you. Well, I’ve been out of the single scene for a while now (thank heavens,) however, as I watched the movie, I couldn’t help but think that this is perhaps a message we writers need to hear sometimes, hard as it is.
The Scenario (come on, you know you recognize this):
You find that dream agent, the one who makes your heart go pitter patter. The one who is so perfect for you that it makes you scream. You know, that one. So, you send him/her you awesome, fantastic query. WOO HOO!! The dream is on! You can’t stop thinking about him/her! You can’t stop gabbing with your writer friends (or just your own mind) about how much you want that agent!
Minutes tick by. . . then hours . . . then days. You check your email every few hours. And yet . . . nothing. You start to worry. Is there some problem? Have I done something wrong? You send your friends test emails to make sure that both your outbox and inboxes are working. And yet . . . nothing.
So you get sad. You wonder, what the heck? Why isn’t he/she contacting me? Your writer friends assure you that they had this one agent who waited four weeks to contact them, but when they did it was with a full request. You hear the stories, but they don’t make you feel much better. So, you drown out your confusion and frustration in a huge can of Dr. Pepper. (P.S. I kinda wish they made them this big. Wouldn’t it be awesome?)
But, ultimately, don’t we have to accept the one truth? Agent’s just not that into you. Yes, it hurts. Yes, it sucks. But, if we can just embrace that fact, our lives open up to the healing powers of moving on. Isn’t it a freeing feeling?
*This blog does not recommend the act of jumping from a cliff, no matter how free you feel, until you have consulted with your physician and/or spouse.