This past week, I sent out five submissions - whoa, right? That kept me very busy! I have my fingers crossed for those authors (three of whom are being sent out for the first time), but I also am much more relaxed about it than I've been in the past.
Submitting is still a lot of fun, but one thing I've learned is that it is very rare (for me, at least) to get an offer from someone in the first round of submission. Maybe that is because I haven't agented long enough yet or am doing something wrong, but I have a feeling that it is just because finding the right editor is a lot like finding the right agent: it takes time and lots of revisions.
I can't even think about how many rounds of submissions my authors with deals went through...guys, feel free to chime in the comments section if you remember your number!
This may sound disheartening, but it's just part of the process. Publishing is (obviously) a business, but there are so many subjective parts to it that it's really more of a relationship in a lot of ways, and it can take time to find the right fit. I used to be much more antsy about submissions and deals, and while I do get frustrated when it takes an extra-long time to hear back from people (cough, Brianna!), other than that, I've become much more laid back about the process. Which I think might actually frustrate some of my authors.
Agent: "Don't worry about a thing. Every thing gonna be all right."
Oh, and I am VERY excited that Jessica is going to be going to BEA this year! Dan and Susan might be going as well, and if that happens I might have to do some kind of Carrie's clients breakfast. Or maybe make t-shirts!