Still Waiting and Waiting…

on August 25, 2014 in Misc

The reasons why I still haven’t heard from the agent who’s looking at my novel, Charity MacCay and the Almighty Dollar.


  1. It’s August and sweltering and most of the population of New York City has skipped town for the month.

  2. The agent is still in her office but her assistant is on vacation and left her email account in lockdown.

  3. A virus created by evil Russian hackers has destroyed the agent’s computer system and all contact information for me.

  4. The NSA intercepted my email because its attached pdf manuscript revealed too many national security secrets.

  5. The agent loved my novel and is about to send me a contract in the mail.

  6. The contract was already mailed but a mugger stole the postman’s mail bag.

  1. The IT person at my job decided I shouldn’t be sending personal emails from work so he’s been intercepting and deleting them.

  2. My manuscript is so brilliant that the agent is reading it very, very slowly so that she can savor every word.

  3. My manuscript stinks and the agent doesn’t have the heart to tell me she can’t reject it fast enough.

  4. I am suffering from hallucinations because in reality no one anywhere is looking at my manuscript.

Personally, I think the answer is #10.  Do you have any additions to the list?

14 Responses to “Still Waiting and Waiting…”

  1. I’m sorry! Sucks to be waiting and wondering. Maybe the agent loved it but was hit by a bus…

  2. Old Kitty says:

    WOWWOWOWOOWWOW!! Oh Helena!! What great news!! I have everything – all my bendy bits!!! – crossed for you!!!! I totally think it’s #8!!!!! Yes it is!! Hang on in there!! GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!

    Take care

  3. Yikes, the waiting must be terrible. I remember waiting a whole year only to get a personal response that went along these lines: “Michael, I’m so-and-so’s assistant and am so sorry about not getting back to you sooner regarding this query. We had to move offices and we lost it. But I just found it and wanted you to know we aren’t interested. But normally, it doesn’t take over a year for us to make this decision so I wanted you to know.”

  4. Helena says:

    Alex – That’s it! She was hit by a bus!

  5. Helena says:

    Old Kitty – Thanks so much! And I hope Charlie’s cyst surgery went splendidly!

  6. Helena says:

    Michael – That really does stink! Gee, so it doesn’t take them a whole year normally? This is why writers self publish.

  7. Waiting to hear on queries is one of the suckiest things about this business. Hang in there. Write something else. Drink some wine. Go for walks. Repeat.

  8. Nas says:

    Definitely number 8!

    Hugs, sucks to wait. I’m also on the waiting bench!

  9. Helena says:

    Carol – I toook yer advice n drank some wineee….

  10. Helena says:

    Nas – My sympathies and support to you, fellow sufferer!

  11. I know what you’re going through, Helena. I usually wait a couple months before I touch base with an agent who’s requested a full/partial manuscript. Waiting stinks. Work on something new. =]

  12. Helena says:

    Milo – I’ve found that if I work on my screenplay I feel better. Funny thing is, the odds are overwhelming that NOTHING will come of a screenplay and I’d be better off writing a novel, but I’m really enjoying the different venue.

  13. Hart Johnson says:

    HA! You crack me up. You forgot: the agent loved it so much she is trying to pass it off as her own with another agent. Erm… not to make you paranoid or anything.

  14. Helena says:

    Hart – Me? Paranoid? Never! Okay, so maybe I should take medication for that…