I never post this late at night, but the RS is out in California, I’m bored, and I have an unquiet mind.
I’m trying really hard to be patient with this querying process. Having worked on Naked Alliances for two years, you would think that another span of time wouldn’t make much difference, and yet it does.
I had myself psyched up to self-publish. So much energy goes into that process. So many rewrites and revisions, edits and proofs accomplished. My beta readers, author friends, editor, and blog readers have supported me through the book building process and shared in my trials and tribulations along the way.
Holding a book cover contest at 99Designs with 117 entries…getting them to turn the corner from hard core graphics to a light touch of humor without going overboard into comedic took weeks. Finalizing and purchasing a cover image with a few more tweaks from the designer and I felt I was good to go. The ms needed formatting with a TOC and fleurons for scene breaks. I had someone set to get the work done.
Now, all that effort might have been for naught. If I can get an agent for this work, the agent still has to sell it, and the buyer may (most likely will) want an entirely different cover.
I was all set to have the cover image imposed on a Facebook and Twitter banner and revved up to keep the momentum going for the book’s release. I haven’t been posting heavily since my father died, but I have been writing some posts in reserve for a blog tour that I had planned to initiate. Of course, without knowing what the cover will look like if the book is picked up, that’s all on hold.
Recently, I read a post on Janet Reid, Literary Agent’s blog wherein she explained to another reader that, “Publishing works on a long lead time. Right now, I’m selling books in to Fall 2017 catalog and Winter 2018 lists. You’ve missed the window completely for Fall 2016.”
My heart sank a few feet. Really? That long?
So, even if my agent partner (which I don’t have yet) and I found a publisher today (Haha!), Naked Alliances may not see the light of day for another year or two? Ouch!
Tonight I received my query response from Ms. Reid: “Right now my list is very full, and I’m fortunate that business is very good so I have to pass on projects that are not only good and publishable, but ones I really like. I strongly encourage you to query widely. Other agents have more room on their lists and are able to take on more than I can. Please think of this as redirection to another agent, not a rejection.”
Well, it might be a bit generic, but it was pleasant enough not to make me cry. Knowing that she has a reputation for calling out folk when things are really rotten, I’m taking this as a win 🙂
Trying to stay in the positive, I’ve read over the fleshed-out outline of Book Two in The Naked Eye Series and feel confident that I can have the first draft completed by late-June. Sooner if we weren’t heading off for a couple of weeks to Anna Marie Island in April.
I’m reading now and don’t like to read and write at the same time. When I do, I find myself distracted from having too many stories going on in my head. I have a few novels I want to get through over the next couple of weeks. Next Friday I have a minor surgery and won’t be back at the keyboard for a couple more weeks, except for brief posts and book reviews.
Keeping the Faith!