Be on the lookout for these signals, which may indicate that agents and publishers are starting to take notice of your work.
- You start receiving personalized, “encouraging” rejections.
- Agents or editors reject the manuscript you submitted, but ask you to send your next work. (They can see that you’re on the verge of producing something great.)
- Your mentor (or published author friend) tells you to contact his agent, without you asking for a referral.
- An agent or editor proactively contacts you because she spotted your quality writing somewhere online or in print.
- You’ve outgrown the people in your critique group and need to find more sophisticated critique partners.
- Looking back, you understand why your work was rejected, and see that it deserved rejection. You probably even feel embarrassed by earlier work.
This article was written by Jane Friedman.