Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cross your Digits

So, after sixty-seven rejections, an agent finally asked to READ the whole manuscript today.  I hope, hope, hope she has the same reaction to it that some of the AMAZING bookclub bees had last night and just can't put it down, and yes I hope it makes her cry!

I know that's awful, but at the same time the more attached she gets to my book the harder it will be for her to reject it.  So, cross your fingers and toes that our friendly literary agent needs a tissue or two and stays riveted to the book!

And special thanks to those beautiful bees who let me into the hive and sent me home humming.  Thanks Sue & Deb for the little bit of sweet honey comb that gave me some very needed encouragement!


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Will you still need me when I'm 64?

Sixty-four rejections.  I'm recycling the printed ones for shopping lists!  The one that hurts the worst was from the only person who wanted a proposal/partial.  She liked the writing and the story but doesn't expect she can sell it. 

I am feeling a bit down about it all.  It's a lot of work to query, and to get so much rejection is par of the course, but I feel like I've missed out on a lot of my actual life trying to get this book published.  I'm considering self-publishing, but we'll see where things go.  I'm giving myself at lest until Liam's birthday at the end of April before I give up on agents all-together. 

I worked REALLY hard at this process and did all the right research, so it's not like I've not done things the right way.  It's more that things aren't going my way.  I won't spend too long feeling down though; I've overcome far worse problems than this.  Still, it's a little depressing when no one says yes.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Seven in One Day!

I'm up to 51 rejections, and seven of them came today - five in the mail! I'm so glad I spent those $5 on postage! Jim is actually more upset than I am, but it's all good.  Rejection is a right of passage, I just didn't think I'd have fifty-one rejections and only one person ask to read more. 

We'll see, I have another 49 queries floating around in cyberspace and snail mail.  Like they say, you only need ONE.  We'll see.  There should be some press coverage on the reading group next week, so we'll see how that goes.  Always the optimist - that's the role of a Heart Mom, and I'm a veteran.

Wish me luck, if I don't get any serious interest by my birthday I'll start looking at alternative channels.