Why Do I Keep On Querying Agents?

 

Recently on LinkedIn I came across a blog article from a fellow “connection” of mine about “Sometimes Authors Need To Give Up” which inspired me to vent the following companion piece (which is actually more of a personal opinion) which I felt lacked in the article. 

 

My response:

 

I view Novels the way many view Fashion:  What was in style THEN may not be in style NOW, and vice versa.  So having made that comparison, and in my opinion, no novel should be given up on no matter the case scenario, and whether you’re self-publishing or seeking a Literary Agent.  As with “fashion”, fiction novel genres do tend to shift every few months or so thus allowing other genres their fifteen minutes of fame, so-to-speak, so again, the novel should not be given up on. 

 

(Example)  I myself am in pursuit of a Literary Agent for my YA Paranormal, LAST BITE! and have been in pursuit for about a year-and-a-half.  And why have I not given up if I haven’t been able to gain representation or get it published, you may wonder. . .Well for starters, (1) the timing may be off, meaning zombies are now in, vampires are now out; (2) the Agent targeted is not interested in the genre at the moment, meaning seek another agent representing that genre now; (3) the query letter may have flopped in its opening summary meaning need to revise query letter; (4) the query letter in general may have found its way into (the agent) his/her “slush pile”, meaning query letters that get sifted through by an agent’s assistant and if the assistant finds something interesting to the agent they’ll bring it to the agent’s attention; (5) the query letter got overlooked, meaning submit a second query; (6) the query letter got deleted while in the “inbox’s” queue without it being opened, meaning for reasons unbeknownst to you; (7) the Agent doesn’t represent your genre, meaning shame on you for not reading his/her bio for what they are looking for and what they represent; (8) or the worse case scenario possible, the Agent finds the novel unmarketable, meaning he/she doesn’t think it will sell.  So for whatever the reason, I simply cannot give up based on just one of those facts alone.  And once I have exhausted all my resources to getting my novel represented and published only then will I be subjected to pen a different novel, or better yet, write in a different genre. 

 

Now for those (including myself) trying to push that one novel through self-publishing, we have to keep in mind that we are contending for the same “best seller” or “best selling” position as with the other 3+million traditional and non-traditional authors.  And no matter how many media outlets there is to Advertise, Market and Promote that one novel, it still isn’t enough to push it into a “best seller” (unless your Amanda Hocking) as with a traditionally print book, and so we are forced to either give-up the struggle or continue the fight.

 

Now the harsh reality about penning a novel is (1), it usually takes 2-3 months to write it; and (2), by then the subject matter may not be what anyone cares to read.  

 

 

 

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“ROMEO” is now available

 

 

Okay fellow Bloggers & Followers. . .ROMEO is now available for purchase!  And once again (because I didn’t before with LAST BITE!, oops!) I’d like to thank my partner for another great cover!

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Summary:

‘For the students at William Shakespeare High being immortal is not only 100% acceptable but sticking to your own kind is the law!  So why is everyone suddenly on edge when seventeen-year-old Juliet January Black is observed publicly romancing eighteen-year-old Romeo Stem Walker?  Well to begin with Juliet is a SilverBlood, half-werewolf, half-vampire, and Romeo is an Immortal Guardian, a higher than highest deity which automatically marks their love absolutely forbidden.

 

Against the foreboding of friends and family, and to spare the idea of being torn apart from one another eternally, Romeo and Juliet run away together and set off a chain of events that will put their love in danger.  But when Romeo’s mother Lilith, a demon Goddess who has spent the better part of her existence building herself around greed, intercedes to put an end to her son’s affair with Juliet once and for all, Romeo will be forced to rely on the forces of a Vampire King, a Were Queen and a Lycanvamp Elder to save he and Juliet’s love.’

ROMEO is book I of II in the SilverBlood series and is a dark YA 39+K modern-day Romeo + Juliet love story and reads in the same fashion as the much cherished Shakespeare play, Romeo + Juliet.  JULIET, book II is in pre-production.

 

 

 

 

DUCK DYNASTY in books?. . .You Got To Be Kidding Me!!

 

 

Wal-Mart.

And this is where my rant begins.

Wal-Mart.  Book aisle.  Best-Sellers.  Duck. . .Dynasty?

And right then and there I could’ve Quacked all over myself!

 Duck Dynasty pic 1

(UGH!!)

So far I’m a little peeved about Duck Dynasty actually having a published book. . .wait!  I think they’ve got four??  So what to make of this. . .I really don’t know only to say that I’m rather disappointed with the publishing industry for even considering giving Duck Dynasty book deals.  Duck Dynasty, and IMO, is like the Macarena, is like Kato Kailen, is like Gangnam Style (love the song, btw!), and last but not least, like every “one-hit wonder” that has existed on the face of this earth for more than 15 minutes or less. . .Duck Dynasty is exactly this “a one-hit wonder” where I’m in it for the long haul.  So now I ponder:  Is the publishing industry selling out?  Has the publishing industry actually gone mad?  I mean do I have to be on a reality TV show just to get a book deal myself? 

 

(Hmm. . .Maybe I should grow a beard and slap on some daisy dukes?)

 

It saddens me to think that there might be some truth about today’s publishing industry opening more doors for reality TV celebs and not necessarily for those “non” meaning us struggling authors.  You mean to tell me that reading about a TV celeb is more interesting than reading a good, GOOD story?  And if so, does this mean that authors are becoming extinct because publishers (and agents) would rather deal with a “one-hit wonder” and not necessarily a career author? 

 

Well if this is the case, then I’m screwed, literally! 

 

And if this is the case, there’s no need for me to continue ranting and raving on.  I’ll just save my keystrokes for something more purposeful than to waste it on a sitcom that will be forgotten faster than it was conceived!

 

Duck Dynasty. . .yeah right!  I think I’ll find more pleasure watching Kim and Ray J getting it on!  bth_ray_j_kim_kardashian

(ooh, la la!)

. . .And as usual

I forget to summarize what LAST BITE! is all about.  So here it is. . .

 

Soon-to-be sixteen Samantha Samm has three things going for her:  A pulse.  A reflection.  And an appetite.

 

And Sam will do anything to keep it that way!

 

But cursed to become a vampire whether she likes it or not, Sam will find every excuse in her human conscience to avoid becoming the undead.  And since Sam is already faced with a deadline toward eternal death, not to mention, orphaned and the biggest loner in a town of egotistical vampires, the odds against Sam staying human are inevitable that is until pulse-pounding, warm blooded handsome, James Reinhardt walks into the kitchen of an all-girl’s foster home and finds her choking on a cookie.

 

Now determined with the idea of staying human for James will become Sam’s biggest challenge.  But living amid thirsty bad boy vamps in hip-hop gear, bad valley girl vamps who resemble the likes of snapping gators in a Louisiana swamp and a pretentious foster sister who wants James to herself isn’t exactly helping Sam’s quest.  And just as Sam thinks things couldn’t get any worse, James reveals a bloody secret tied to her curse that may just as well have her ditching love for those set of fangs! 

 

LAST BITE! is a YA Paranormal novel, and book I in a IV book series.  FIRST BITE!  will be due out soon, hopefully before I sprout another grey hair!!