I haven’t submitted a query to an agent in almost a month. It isn’t because I’m giving up, but because I don’t think the manuscript was 100% ready to be seen. It might have something to do with the rejections I’ve received so far.
I need to get more feedback from the people who are currently reading it. I’ve collected some already, and it’s been useful, but the biggest piece of feedback so far is that the title, A Gothic Symphony, isn’t something that immediately captures the imagination. It doesn’t make you want to pick it up and read it.
And that’s a shame, because the story, according to those same people, is solid. There are tweaks to be made, certainly, but the title doesn’t match up.
So until I have a better title, I’m going to pause submitting to agents, just for a little while. I want to make sure that what I’m submitting is the absolute best it can be, and that means having a strong title to go with it.
I might post my agent pitch up later on; I’d love thoughts on what a good title for the story might be!