Back in the day when I was still trying to figure out this crazy publishing industry, I came across some advice that I totally disagreed with.
Only send out a few queries at a time then wait until you hear back before sending more.
In my ignorance, I thought how dare the industry tell me I can't send out twenty to thirty at a time. They actually wanted me to wait up to six months to hear from an agent before I could send out another query. That's crazy!!
But in my infinite wisdom, or maybe it was more my people pleaser personality (didn't want to tick anyone off if by chance they found out I sent out so many queries at once), I decided to only send out a few at a time.
I can honestly say it was the best advice I adhered to, because back in the day, my query sucked and my novel sucked! Honestly I read it now and I wonder what the heck is this book about and I'm the one who wrote it. If I had sent that out to twenty or thirty agents then that would be it. They all would have said no and that would be it for my chance with them. So I sent out a few, got rejections, edited my manuscript and query letter. Sent out a few more, got rejections, edited again. Hopefully now I've got it right and if not then it's been a great learning experience.
Sometimes the advice we get can seem a little crazy, but if the majority of people are saying it, then we should probably listen or at the very least consider it.
How about you? What's some advice you heard when you first started writing that you thought there's no way I'm doing that, but ended up following it anyway?