Once the first five chapters, synopsis and cover letter have been sent to the agent there is the prolonged period of waiting for the response. Despite the fact that the website clearly states: allow ten to twelve weeks for a response, the vigilance for incoming emails and the obsessive scouring of the spam folder begin in earnest late into week one.
One consoles oneself with the thought that the longer the deliberation the more positive the response in the hope that the agent is taking their time because they are seriously considering the submission. Of course this is not necessarily the case but it is the thing that keeps me going while I wait.
And while I wait I check my emails. In all my e-mail accounts just on the off chance I gave a different e-mail to the one I know I gave. And while I’m checking my e-mail, I’m delightfully avoiding writing.