The 30 Day Challenge Conclusion…(Tweet this!)
It’s been two days since I’ve completed my latest 30 Day Challenge and I’m feeling a little exhausted – although I’m very happy with the results!
This was my progress throughout the month:
|01/07/2013||Created plan of action and reviewed current progress towards the overall goal|
|02/07/2013||Reviewed existing searches and made lists of possible agent contacts|
|03/07/2013||Review of draft covering letter and prologue/first chapter|
|04/07/2013||Review of prologue|
|05/07/2013||Review of draft covering letter and synopsis|
|06/07/2013||Further editing of draft covering letter, synopsis and prologue|
|07/07/2013||Editing of chapter 1 ‘Son of Prophecy’|
|08/07/2013||Editing of chapters 2 & 3 ‘Son of Prophecy’|
|09/07/2013||Researched literary agency in North London for submission|
|10/07/2013||Edited draft covering letter and synopsis for submission to above|
|11/07/2013||Review and further editing of submission material|
|12/07/2013||Editing then submission to literacy agency in North London via email|
|13/07/2013||Researched another London agency and read Reader Advice|
|14/07/2013||Researched another London agency and read submissions policy (online)|
|15/07/2013||Edited and reviewed submission material for above agency|
|16/07/2013||Editing then submission to literacy agency in London via email|
|17/07/2013||Rest night (due to other activities!)|
|18/07/2013||Researched two more literary agencies in London|
|19/07/2013||Two more submissions via email|
|20/07/2013||Researched another London based agency|
|21/07/2013||Researched some more London based agencies|
|22/07/2013||Researched more London based agencies|
|23/07/2013||Worked on latest submission|
|24/07/2013||One more submission sent by email|
|25/07/2013||Researched another London based agency|
|26/07/2013||Researched two more London based agencies|
|27/07/2013||Created list of agents with ten years plus experience|
|28/07/2013||Reviewed and researched above|
|29/07/2013||Reviewed above list and identified more possible agents|
|30/07/2013||Continued to review above list and identified more possible agents|
To be honest, it has been a hard slog but worth it. I actually managed to submit a letter, synopsis and the first three chapters of ‘Dragon Line’ to five agents. A lot of the other time was spent doing research and evaluation, as well as preparation of the materials according to individual rules by each agent.
I’ve had to replies back thus far – both are standard rejections, but hey-ho! I’m still waiting to see if anything comes back from the others.
Some people might think that this is not much of a success. But I prefer to put a different perspective on it! My success (as measured at the beginning) was to progress the agent search process. And this is exactly what I have done.
It doesn’t stop here, of course. The Agent Hunter site (http://www.agenthunter.co.uk/index.html) recommended that you send 8 to 12 submissions to agents at any one time then wait for six to eight weeks before sending anymore. In this respect, I’ve got at least another 3 to send in the next few days and (as listed above) have continued to identify some more possibles. Like the previous ones, this will be by email. (I’m leaving postal submissions to the next round – more expensive and very time consuming! Its worthwhile prioritising the emails first.)
The success comes from actually doing the task in this case – and this is what I’ve done! And who cares about rejection? Plenty of great authors were rejected before their work was finally accepted. J K Rowling is a classic example! Anyway, it would feel wrong if I was accepted straight away. I want to feel that I’ve earnt my right to be published, in all honesty! One day, it will happen…
I’m starting the next 30 Day Challenge tonight. There’s a little bit of a twist to this month’s challenge, as I’ve been inspired by an e-book on Amazon Kindle to develop it a little further. That’s why the next post detailing my challenge will be published on Success Psychology and linked back to this blog.
Watch out for the post in the next few days…
What do you think of my latest 30 Day Challenge? Feel free to leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you (especially if you’ve been doing a 30 Day Challenge yourself and want to share your experiences.)