I’m an incurable optimist. I can be snarky too, when it’s deserved, but one of the things I think is truly missing in publishing is the customer service. Most of the time, you finally get the courage to hit send on that query, and it sits in someone’s slush pile for months on end before you get a vague, unhelpful, “Thanks for querying, but we don’t want it” email.
That’s frustrating, and if it’s an agent you really wanted to work with, crushing. I know. I’ve been there.
On the other hand, publishing professionals as a whole don’t have time to give personalized feedback to every single piece that comes across their desk. When they get several hundred queries, 100+ manuscripts, (and that’s not even counting all the work they do for their existing clients) each month, it’s time prohibitive for them to give the kind of personalized feedback they’d like for each person.
I want to find a way, someday, to make my corner of the publishing world a friendlier, timelier twist.
Take the chance. It’s scary, but one thing my journey so far has taught me: There’s no growth without fear, without taking that risk and saying, “Hey, here I am.”
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