I have been working on a memoir and the follow-up proposal for about three years. In May and June, once I was satisfied with my manuscript and proposal, I made a spreadsheet of about 75 literary agents and started contacting them. My brother told me to "go for a no to get a yes." I was so shocked and thrilled when I got my first no--I figured agents wouldn't write back unless they were interested. So I celebrated my nos. I stepped away from my book project in late June and let myself enjoy some extended time off work. Got a few more "no" emails but didn't let it get me down. It was refreshing and somewhat of a relief to walk away from it entirely and enjoy time off with my family and friends.
On Monday I got an email from an agent asking to see more of my work and to send her the completed manuscript. I was STUNNED! A New York City literary agent said she would "love" to see more--AAAHHHHHH!!!!! It was easy (and tempting) to get sucked into negative thinking--Well, this is just the first step, she could still say no, it could still get rejected by all the publishers she shops it to...but I knew where that type of thinking would get me.
Here's the funny thing--I had written a note for my "wish box" (I can explain that in more detail if you want) that I'd have an agent by my birthday. My birthday was Saturday. Two days off isn't bad.
So here's my question to the group--how do I keep the positive momentum going while I wait for her response about my manuscript?
My book IS going to be published, by whatever means possible.