Janet reid, literary agent sweating out the on-sub process anxiety attack vs panic attack symptoms

I love your blog, and it was so useful for drafting the query that got me my agent. I was over the moon when that happened, but now I’m in the seemingly eternal doldrums of being on submission. Can you help answer some questions about the submission process in general? I’m not sure how much information you have about the nitty-gritty of what goes on during the acquisition process, but I figure it’s worth a shot.

I’ve been on sub with a fantasy novel for 4 months and have only heard back from 4 out of 8 editors in the first round (all highly complimentary/reluctant passes). My agent initially predicted we’d hear back within 3 months from most, but it’s been deadly quiet. what is anoxic brain encephalopathy What’s a normal length of time for a round?


There is no normal. signs of hypoxic brain injury It varied by editor. It varies by season. The consensus among my drinking buddies is things are taking longer now. Is that because there are more submissions, or fewer editors, or editors have more things in their job description? I don’t know. I know I’ve had books on submission for far longer than four months, and have gone on to sell them.

I’m in a support group for writers on sub who all have the same questions, but since it’s such a secretive process, it’s hard to find answers. reflex anoxic seizures causes I know the advice is to keep writing and try to pretend you’re not on sub at all (and I’ve already finished one new book and have a second one in progress), but it’s difficult not to obsess when The Call could happen today or never.

I’m in this boat but it’s my third time now so I know it can take a while. I think with #1 it took about 6 months and #2 about the same. My current has been out about three…I think? I see a pattern here…I tend to try to forget about it and am pleasantly surprised.

But don’t despair! You have an agent. You have a book on sub that seems to have a good shot at publication from everything you posted. Just keep your chin up and keep those connections with other writers. Also, single malt scotch helps. nanoxia deep silence 5 review I prefer the Dalmore 15.

The first thing I wondered was whether you discussed this with your agent, Opie, before asking Janet. anoxic brain damage after cardiac arrest Not that there’s anything wrong with asking a seasoned pro like our beloved Sharkiness. But it seems to me that part of a good author-agent relationship is being able to talk about these kinds of things. If you have concerns about the submission process, your agent should be able to set your mind at rest. If you’re curious about your agent’s submission strategy, you should be able to ask. Maybe Opie did ask and is merely getting another perspective. nanoxia deep silence 6 Anyway, that was my thought.

One of the things that I didn’t realize when I first signed with my agent was that I would still be figuring out what I needed. You think you know what will make you feel secure, but you learn it on a gut level when you finally start submitting your ms. Or signing with an editor. Or getting your first revision letter.

To me, it sounds like you’re realizing that you do best if you can get a regular update from your agent, even if it’s, "No news." (I’m the same way!) And it’s totally fine to tell your agent that you’re figuring out what keeps the crazy at bay and does s/he mind doing XYZ from now on? You’re not being precious–you’re being communicative so that your agent doesn’t need to use a crystal ball. (They are highly overrated.)