OK, so over a month has passed since I sent my re-written first five chapters to the next agent and, even though it clearly states that they may take up to three months to respond I have already started obsessively refreshing my inbox.
A few weeks ago I faced the horrible realisation that my e-mail was full and that for the last ten days, anyone sending me an e-mail would have had it bounce back. What if, during this period, the agent had sent me an e-mail begging me to send the rest of my book. Unlikely I know, but these are the kinds of tricks the mind plays on one when one is waiting for one’s response from an agent.
The three month average wait time doesn’t expire until the middle of July so I’ll wait until then before sending a message asking if their e-mail offering me a six book deal bounced back.
In the meantime, obsessively checking emails distracts me from the laborious task of writing the second novel which is progressing slowly at less than 4,000 words a month.