I’ve done a 180 in my publishing plan for ORIGIN: Book of Truth. All the offers for representation aren’t pouring in from Literary Agents all over the world — as my fabulously confident ego had promised.
In addition to writing the novel itself, in order to ‘pitch’ to an agent you need to write yourself a neat, concise and killer query letter just to get their attention. Well, how difficult could that be? I mean, you just wrote an entire novel, right? Umm, yeah. After a disturbing number of “thanks, but no thanks” letters in my email inbox, I decided to throw the letter into an author’s ‘show your work’ forum for feedback and critiquing. I joked that I wanted them to have at ‘er with make-me-cry cruelty — only they didn’t get the joke part. These folks let me have it with a no-holds barred attack. They were saying things like “vague” and “wordy” and I took each like a bullet in the chest. Wordy? Me? Pffft… impossible.
After an hour or two curled up in the fetal position, I decided to engage these folks — take their feedback — and turn it into something positive to fix the query and make it work for me — instead of the ‘against me’ plan I had already implemented on my own. So, a simpler, more informative (and less wordy) re-write of the query letter is on task for the day.
In addition to the total re-write of my pitch, it was mentioned that I may want to consider changing the fiction genre from Adult to YA. Bigger audience, more literary agents, and an easier market to break in to. I, clearly, have no idea what I’m doing — so, why not? I’m going to drop my protagonist’s age a couple of years and clean up one — slightly spicy — scene in the rain. ::cough::
And there’s more, it was also suggested that I send other work out for publishing in literary journals, and the like, in order to gain more pulishing credits. Apparently, nobody cares if you’re newspaper or magazine published, but if you’re in a literary journal — hey, you’re somebody. I dug through my old trunk-of-doom and found a plethora of material to send out. SO – literary journal success here I come! And maybe a children’s picture book to boot!
Fingers crossed in I-think-I-can positive affirmation! Boy, am I ever going to laugh when my fabulous novelist life starts.