During the course of the past few weeks, I’ve been submitting my novel, Artifact of the Dawn, to various literary agencies. I am about one-third of the way through the current list of literary agents that accept science fiction and fantasy works for representation.
Needless to say, none have chosen to represent me yet, and about half have officially sent me rejections. I am undaunted by this, as I know many famous published authors went through many rounds of rejections as well. That being said, from those rejections I’ve received some very constructive feedback regarding my work and this has prompted me to halt my submission process, for now, and go back and rework some elements of my novel.
I still stand by where the novel was when I finished my last round of edits as being fairly solid, but I knew there would always be room for improvement. Receiving feedback from professionals in the industry has opened my eyes to a couple of areas I can add some more polish to the novel, and so that’s what I’m doing. I know that every time I go through it, I always find some better way to phrase things here and there and in that way I think it will never truly be complete. At some point, I do have to let it go and let it stand on its own merits. However, based on the recent feedback, I think going back and giving it another round of spit-and-polish will only serve to improve the story I’ve written.
I hope to complete that in October because I have also decided to start writing the sequel to Artifact of that Dawn as part of NaNoWriMo this year. I’ll write more about that in my next blog post.