I’ve been getting a lot of questions from authors asking whether or not they should be holding off on the agent search until the economy is better. I think the fear is that if you’re rejected because the economy is tight you’ve lost your chances of submitting to that agent or agency when things pick up again.
This question is no different, in my mind, than asking an agent what’s hot in the market because that’s what you’ll write. None of us can predict the future, and sure, the economy stinks right now and predictions say it’s going to get better, but when? None of us really know, and do you really want to put off your writing career for another year, another five years (help us all)? The truth is that the economy does stink right now and what that means is that editors and agents are using it as an opportunity to be really picky about the books we’re either buying or taking on. But you know what, we should all be really picky, all the time, about the books we’re taking on, and a stronger economy isn’t going to suddenly guarantee that agents and editors are going to get easier.
My suggestion is get your book out there and query, write your next book and keep moving forward. The biggest mistake we can all make, in this economy or at any time, is to let someone or something else stop forward momentum. Getting published takes persistence no matter the economy. Believe in your book and keep writing.