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July 31, 2011

The Querying Game

Filed under: On Publishing,On Writing,Query — carmenferreiroesteban @ 11:16 pm
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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

If you are serious about becoming an author you must be willing to play the querying game. The looking for, and seducing that agent, that publisher you think would be perfect for your story.

And you have to be willing to accept defeat and move on to the next target, taking rejection in stride and giving any suggestion you are offered the utmost consideration.

Querying is painful not only because of the rejection that usually follows but because of the long waiting in between.

I hate waiting. So the minute I send the queries for a finished project, I start a new one. A new project includes reading to get ideas, and, when the idea starts to take shape, reading some more to research the subject, the time period, the geography of the place where the story will take place. I love this part of writing, as I love the writing itself and the editing that comes later.

So today I should be excited because last week I finished and sent my third novel, and I am free to move on. Yet, for all my preaching, the waiting is nagging at me, more than usual. Maybe because this time it is three fold:

1. My publisher at Tanglewood Press has my second novel (The King in the Stone, the sequel to Two Moon Princess) downloaded to her e-reader and has promised me she will read it over the summer.

2. A fantasy and SF publisher in Spain has also promised to read my fourth manuscript this very summer, the one I called Garlic for Breakfast when I first started. He read the first chapter here in my blog (https://carmenferreiroesteban.wordpress.com/2010/11/05/garlic-for-breakfast-2/) and liked it well enough to request the whole manuscript.

3. Finally, I sent the revised version of my third novel, The Revenge of the Wolf King to my dream agent who had asked for me to resend it to her if I considered her suggestions.

And so now I wait. But, even as I wait, there are things I could be doing about my finished manuscripts. For instance, if the Spanish publisher likes my novel, I’d have to translate it into Spanish. So maybe, I should make the translation my next project. But my third novel is screaming for a sequel. And there is a character in Garlic for Breakfast whose story I think needs telling.

So as you see, I’m a little confused on which way to go. Not a good way to start the week.

If only I knew who will answer first.

If only I knew who will say yes.


  1. I really, really hope that King in the Stone will be published sometime soon. I really loved Two Moon Princess and I think the second deserves to be published!

    I’ve never heard anything about Revenge of the Wolf King. What is it supposed to be about? (Besides what the title suggests… 🙂 )

    Comment by Katey — August 1, 2011 @ 1:46 am | Reply

  2. Hi Katey,

    Thanks for your encouragement about The King in the Stone.

    You can read the teaser for The Revenge of the Wolf King by clicking on the sidebar.

    Comment by carmenferreiroesteban — August 1, 2011 @ 11:51 am | Reply

  3. Oh goodness…I am so grateful for this post today. I have started the query process for the FIRST time I think it’s bordering on murder. Patience is what I am absolutely worst at and rejection is hard, but like you said… part of the process. I think it just helps to know that we all get rejected. It’s a matter of finding the right agent for you. I LOVE your idea to just move on to the next project (although in your case, more difficult). Thank you so much! I will be back for more!

    Comment by Abby Fowers — August 2, 2011 @ 6:46 pm | Reply

  4. Good luck, Abby.

    Comment by carmenferreiroesteban — August 2, 2011 @ 8:58 pm | Reply

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