The 30 Day Challenge Conclusion…

30 Day Challenge

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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:

DATE PROGRESS
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
31/07/2013 As above

 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.)

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