Monday, May 2, 2011

I Give Up

I give up, everyone.
That is, I have given up looking for a literary agent.  I really don't have much choice in the matter -- I've basically run through every agent in the book who handles mysteries, suspense and thrillers -- at least, every decent one.
So now I turn my eye to independent publishers. There aren't so many of them that publish mysteries, so it probably won't take quite as long to run through them all, but we'll see how it goes.
This really is a sad sort of coda to an adventure that began over a year and a half ago, when I sent out that first batch of queries, full of hope, sure that I was on my way to publication, though perhaps not riches.
What a comedown.
Well, what can you do?
Keep on truckin'.

12 comments:

  1. There's some good indie publishers for mysteries and it's a good course of action to go directly to them.

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  2. The other way to go might be self-publishing it as an e-book. Seriously. I know self-pub used to be a major no-no if you wanted your work to be taken seriously, but things are changing.

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  3. Oh, Travs.

    Watch, I bet you god indie or self-pub and then you get a call from an agent from one of those query bombs that were still fluttering down. :)

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  4. I've quit more times than I can count. So I know the feeling well. It's like you just want to take your ball and go home. F*ck 'em all.

    Are you gonna do something similar to the Query Bomb to keep us all apprised of what's happening? An Indie Bomb, perhaps?

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  5. That's pretty disheartening, because I know how hard you worked and how diligently you queried, and you had all those close encounters with representation. I hope the indie publishers work out, and - like KLM - I'd definitely like to hear how it goes.

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  6. Hi Trav,

    I just read this article and found it inspiring. I'm at the point where I can't WAIT for the last 2 people who have my novel to reject me so that I can put it online. I don't want to be one of those people who says "Yanno, I almost bought Microsoft stock in 1983" or what have you, and I almost kind of feel like this might be the same sort of thing....

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/novel-rejected-theres-an-e-book-gold-rush/2011/04/09/AFZdqb9F_story.html

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  7. I love you. I just can't wait until I get to read your work, no matter what box it comes in.

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  8. Trav - what do you mean by "indie" publishers? I'm still trying to understand all this stuff. Which indie publishers are there that don't require an agent and that are not self-publishing companies? Why not just go straight to self-publishing? I met the guy from Smashwords the other days. They format and distribute for most e-readers.

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  9. And don't forget that most published novelists have a book in a drawer that never saw the light of day! (Nathan Bransford himself wrote an unsuccessful novel in his 20s).

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  10. Trav - just saw your post about Poison Pen Press. My question is this (and I know I should know more about this!) What is the advantage of going with a press like that over self-publishing? What kind of cut do they take? What do they provide that self-publishing doesn't? Do they take anyone? (Are they a vanity press?) or do they have a screening process like any publisher (sans l'agent)?

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  11. Poison Pen Press is not a vanity press, but a legitimate small publishing house with a specialty in mystery novels.
    I feel there's an advantage as a professional writer being paid for my work not paying someone to print it.

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  12. "Persistence Pays Off" don't give up!

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