Idiom: a word or phrase that is not taken literally

It’s been two days since #DVPit so I figured I would give an update on how it went. It was an exciting day full of anticipation…would an agent like one of my pitches? I swung from hoping I would wake up with dozens of likes to praying I would at least get one like. At the end of the day, I had five likes by agents and a retweet from an editor, which I’m pretty happy about.


Here’s the breakdown of what I sent.

Agent 1: query, synopsis, 50 pages

Agent 2: query, 10 pages

Agent 3: query, 20 pages

Agent 4: query, 25 pages

Agent 5: query

The last agent only requested a query, but a couple hours after I sent it, she requested for me to send 50 pages. That’s gotta be good news, right? RIGHT?!

I’ve since queried five more agents and that’s all I’m going to query for the time being. Now’s the fun part…when I get to just sit and wait. I hate waiting. I’m not a very patient person. It’s nerve-wracking imagining them reading or not reading my query…or using it as an example for a horrible query. So I’m still stuck between the optimism of a new author achieving a dream and the pessimism of the heartbreak that will soon follow.

A phrase I’ve been saying a lot lately in reference to waiting for agents is “I’m not counting my chickens before they hatch.” Idioms are weird things. I distinctly remember my mom finding a poster in Park City…I believe the year was 1997. Anyway, the poster is entitled “Proverbidioms” and it contains illustrations for common American idioms. My mom bought it to show her ESL students, but I remember my brother and me spending a lot of time searching for the various idioms. Here are some examples:

What do you see? Apparently, there’s an app that you can play to spot the different idioms. Maybe that will keep me busy until I hear from agents.

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