The surprisingly short list of how searching for a literary agent is NOT like dating
You can’t put make-up on your query letter. Well, you could, but it would smear. Also, hard to tell if your query looks better in a “summer” or “winter” palette.
Bad breath not so much of a dealbreaker.
You never have to meet in person (although this is not so different than dating in the Internet age…)
The only love required is mutual love for the manuscript.
When you finally connect with the right one, you don’t have to register a china pattern.
Safe querying means always using a SASE.
You don’t have to pay your dates 15 percent.
Rejection doesn’t hurt as…. (Ah, who am I kidding? The rejection part is just like dating.)
To those weathering the storm in the hunt for an agent I say: keep your chin up, there are other fish in the sea, the sun will come up tomorrow, and all those other platitudes that our mothers used to give us when we were sobbing into our tissues after being dumped by our Love of the Moment in high school.
Mom was right, you know. The right one is out there, somewhere. (Maybe more than one, in fact…)