Keep on writing…

I’ve been looking for a literary agent for the best part of a year now. And it certainly isn’t easy. The first novel i queried was a YA science fiction. And… i received plenty of rejections. I didn’t know why until i looked back at the story and realised how similar it was to a lot of other books on the market. I’ll admit that. When i started writing it, i hadn’t anticipated dozens of other authors and books beating me to the punch. But they did, and so i gave up querying the sci-fi novel. It disheartened me a little, but i kept on writing. I started a middle grade novel, developing it from a short story that i’d written for University. This is the novel i’m currently in the early stages of querying. I’ve had a couple of partial requests, some rejections, but it’s early days and i’m hopeful. But i haven’t stopped writing. I didn’t let myself fall in to a rut waiting to hear back from agents. I’m currently working on two projects. Editing a YA action thriller and writing a new, stand alone middle grade novel. For a couple weeks after i got nothing but rejections for my sci-fi novel, i didn’t know what to do. But i read plenty of posts and blogs about agent hunting and understood that it takes time. I didn’t let it get the better of me and pressed on with writing. I wanted to keep at it, and that’s important. Not to get so bogged down with querying agents that you put writing second. Because the only way i’m going to achieve my goal is to keep writing until i get the right story, characters and world that catch an agents eye… hopefully.
The intention of this post is to remind people who are in the same boat as me, looking for a literary agent, that the most important part of a writer’s life is writing itself. Don’t let disappointment get the better of you, keep on writing. Because, in the end, writing is how we’re going to land an agent.


About Sam Whitehouse

Sam spends most of his time in a different world to other people. If it isn’t one he’s created himself, it’s one he’s reading about. In the rare moments when this isn’t the case, Sam can either be found addicted to a sci-fi or crime show, re-watching Marvel movies, finishing up an assignment for his final year of studying Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, or trying to get the dozens of ideas for stories in his head under some kind of control. Sam has lived in the same small village in Yorkshire, surrounded by countryside on all sides ever since he could remember. His childhood saw him get into plenty of scrapes climbing trees and crossing rivers and generally believing he was Indiana Jones. Sam gives credit to his Grandad for him wanting to be a writer, and his bedtime stories for keeping Sam’s imagination stoked. But credit must also go to Steven Spielberg, J K Rowling and Stephen King, who have provided plenty of inspiration over the years, too. Sam writes what he reads, and that is pretty much anything—save romance. Fantasy, thrillers, or crime: once an idea takes root, he can’t stop until the world, characters, and plot are on paper. A huge Marvel fan, Sam one day hopes to pen a screenplay for one of their movies, or direct one, or do anything at all related to one. Until then, he’ll stick to his own fantasy worlds and wait for Marvel’s phone call.

Posted on 11/17/2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Alexandrina Brant

    “Not to get so bogged down with querying agents that you put writing second.” So true. Before I took a hiatus in October from editing the novel I’ve been querying on and off this year to focus on my academic studies, I think I probably wasn’t being fair to myself about how long and arduous querying is. It’s so easy to get into the automatic mindset of query-polish-query go-go-go that writers neglect the whole reason they’re querying in the first place: the fun of writing the story itself.
    Weirdly, taking a break from polishing/querying has put so many things in proportion for me.

    • Sam Whitehouse

      It’s true. Writing more is the only way to improve, and the only way to get an agent. I got blinded by querying too, so now i focus wholly on a novel until i’m ready to start querying. And even then, i keep on writing, so i don’t lose inspiration. I’ve started treating it as a job, setting myself a word count of 2000 a day and not stopping until i hit it.

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