You pounded out 50,000 words or more in the month of November. You rocked NaNoWriMo. Huge Congrats! But wait, before you press send, here are three things to consider:
Strategy #1: Consider the holidays
Don’t send out your novel in the month of December. Put yourself in an agent’s shoes for two seconds. The holidays are fast approaching. Agents are motivated by closure and wrapping things up so they can take two weeks off. Submissions are going to get read quickly so agents can check them off a to-do list that is always longer than time can accommodate.
So not the mindset you want an agent to be in when they read your novel. We are only human after all.
Strategy #2: Polish, polish, polish before submitting
If I had a dollar for every time a writer re-queried me for a project significantly revised since my rejection, I could live large. Often writers ask if they can resubmit, and 99% of the time, I decline. There simply isn’t enough time in the day for me to read submissions twice. Agents expect you to be ready the first time around. Don’t blow what might be your one chance with a particular agent.
But if I requested the revision, that’s a different story. Trust me, you’ll know if I’ve requested a revision from you.
Strategy #3: Don’t get stuck in the post-holiday crush
Don’t submit during the first few weeks of January. Why? I’ll tell you right now that that on our first day back, we’ll get 600+ queries. Hard to stand out in that influx.
Best time to submit? The last week in January/first week in February.
Agents are back in the swing of things and excited to read. February is usually a slow month for us.