Friday, May 27, 2011

What to Do When No One's Reading Your Blog Anymore

This is a question it appears I need to face.  The drama, such as it is, has gone out of this blog, as my long march toward getting an agent fizzled out at trail's end.  I wonder how many of my followers are even following me.  I don't blame you.  I post irregularly and eclectically and...well, uninterestingly?  Maybe I should just give it up.

In the meantime, I'm stealing this link on formatting your manuscript in the age of e-readers from Sierra Godfrey's deservedly well-read blog just in case a couple of you stop by here who aren't regular readers of Sierra.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Persistence Pays Off

No, not for me -- not yet, anyway -- but for this guy who claimed (erroneously, I'm sure) to be the most-rejected writer ever on the way to publication of his book after a quarter century of trying.

So I suppose there's hope for old Trav yet.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Ready, Set...Stop!

Well, kids, I was all set to send my ms. off to Poisoned Pen Press this morning, since they'd told everyone to hold off on submissions until May 15.  Went to the website for a last check and discovered they're now telling everyone to hold off until June 1.

It's a wonder anyone anywhere actually gets published in less than 10 years.

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'.