“We’re going to get married,” dad said.
“Sure. But you’re going to have to show me the marriage certificate,” I said.
He laughed. “You don’t believe me?”
“Didn’t you buy her a ring like five years ago?”
“That was a nice ring. It was on sale. We got a real good deal.”
“Yeah, Dad. You just send me a postcard.”
Dad had been asking his girlfriend to marry him since at least 1986. This conversation took place in 1995. In 1997 I got the postcard and the photocopy of the marriage certificate. They’re still married.
I sent out another query letter last week. This agent had liked my first novel. She liked the first 50 pages enough to ask for the entire manuscript. She ended up passing, but her letter was kind and encouraging. So, I decided to query her about my second novel. Maybe this time I’ll be attractive enough.
Unlike my dad, who for all his flaws has never had a wandering eye, I’ve got to look at others. Eventually someone will say yes. Right?
Are you querying any agents? How do you go about the process? Have you given yourself a timeline–if no one says yes by such-and-such date, I’m going to back to my day job. How often have you been rejected? How much rejection can you take?