My mother is an English rose, so it goes without saying that she delicately pounded me with lessons of etiquette and all-around good manners my entire life.
That being said, our world has changed. Manners, good penmanship and marrying your high school sweetheart have pretty much fallen by the wayside. So it’s inspiring to see that people use good manners even when they really don’t need to.
I spent last week honing my first four chapters (see the changes above under the “meet character” tabs) to send to an agent. It was hard work, often done at a ridiculously late hour based on the fact that it is summer and I have two bored kids chained to my feet. But I did it! I polished the chapters even more and sent a query to a well-respected Toronto agent on Friday.
Whew. It was a relief to finally do it, just hit send and have that hurdle of fear completed. I decided I would completely put it out of my mind, so I didn’t go completely out of my mind as I waited for a reply. Most writers will tell you that wait time for agent response is anywhere from 1 month to 1 year (WHAT??).
So it was with great surprise that I received a response from the agent’s assistant letting me know they received my query, would be delighted (isn’t that nice?) to read my work I submitted. She informed me that the agent was very busy so it would be the end of August before I would hear back from her.
And I just thought – that is so nice. That is manners and professionalism at it’s finest. Agents don’t have to do a thing other than throw your work on the top of the slush pile, so a response letter just to be kind? How lovely is that?
My British mother would be proud of this agency. And I think if that is any indication of how they treat people…sign me up. (oh, please god, sign me up!)
So I will meditate and write and occasionally shake my kids off my legs while I wait with high hopes for this agent with impeccable manners.
So impressed. 🙂