Pressing Pause on the Query Process

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!

4 thoughts on “Pressing Pause on the Query Process

  1. Good luck with your query process! Most of the stories that I get in the slush pile are sent out without enough revision, especially in regards to prose and pacing. Keep revising and I am sure you will land an agent!

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    • Thank you! I’m still working on it and revising, but my biggest issue now is finding a strong title that summarizes the story while being intriguing enough to make you want to read it. I never thought this would be the hard part!

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      • It isn’t uncommon for publishers to change the title if they pick a book up, so I wouldn’t worry about it too much. I am pretty sure that Dan Wells sold his book “I am Not a Serial Killer” while it was still called “Working Title.”

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