In my earlier blog posted, February 27, 2009 blog, Suffering Economy Hurts Book Sales, I talked about the overall decline in book sales, and more specifically how a publisher considering my vampire novel was putting new acquisitions on hold until summer. Unfortunately, I -- and other authors currently with this particular publisher have received word that, basically, new books will not be placed under contract at this time.
What does this mean? I need to either begin a search for a new literary agent, or attempt to place the manuscript with another publisher on my own.
This is not news I take personally. The manuscript, I was told, is what they were looking for. They liked it. Publishing it at this time, however, is too risky for them -- financially.
It's a set-back. No doubt.
I have been knocked back down to square-one, but not down and out.
When I think about my writing career, I know I have nothing to complain about. It's never been about money. Never have I expected to hit bestseller lists, or to make it rich writing.
Since 1995, I have sold more than 100 short stories and articles. I have had six novels published, and two books for middle grade readers.
I have been interviewed on TV a few times, numerous radio interviews, and endless print and online interviews. My books have received glowing reviews, and I have had countless best selling authors endorse my work.
With all of that success, how could I ever complain?
Rejection, for whatever reason, comes with the territory.
What I would like to do is bring all of you along on the journey ... from query letter, proposal, and submission ... as I hunt for a home for my vampire novel, Pulse of Evil.
Sound like fun?
Uh-huh. We'll see.
So. Stop back regularly to check in on the progress as I compile a list of agents and publishers and work toward receiving a contract for publication ...
Have a great day!