I originally wanted to wait until closer to the end of the week, but the anxiety was killing me. I sent off the first of my query packages to five of my top agent picks. The heart was racing, the pits were slick with sweat, but it's done. Of course I've got a few hundred more to send out before I feel I should give up on finding an agent, but I'm taking November off for another writing project.
Getting the submissions out there before the end of October, even if it was only a handful of them, was all about limiting the time I've spent writing on Old School Evil. I started the book on November 1, 2014 and shat out a 50k word novel during November's NaNoWriMo, a writing contest where all you win is the satisfaction of pushing out a crappy first draft of something that might one day be good. It's taken me 2 years and about 7 drafts to finally get the book exactly where I want it to be: DONE. And sending off queries with (portions of) the completed novel has been such a relief. Will there be more drafts in the future? Only if someone tells me this one sucks, so yeah probably. But for now, Old School Evil is a complete novel by my own lax standards.
Of course now I have to start the second draft of my second book and hopefully finish it in less time than this one took.