Do you remember my New Years resolution? I was resolved to market my books more or better or whatever... that means I was going to try and get an agent or a publisher interested in one or more of my books. The first query went out and it was really difficult sending it. I really struggled with sending the information out there. Now, many months later, it is much easier to just send a query to a company. I have realized that once you have broken the skin so to speak, the rest of the cut is easy. I of course got my first rejection letter as well. But, the letter want "I hate your work" it was "It's intriguing but, we didn't choose it for publication." So, that means that at least they looked at it. I don't know if you remember the article that I sent, that I later published on my site, where the man that got it didn't even bother to read it. His rejection letter made no sense because he had not read the article. I can't tell you how annoying it is to take the time to write up the query and then not have the person at the other end do you the courtesy of not even reading what you sent.
Anyway, I am still throwing my work out there. The latest rejection letter was a bit disappointing, they said that they don't publish books that have been self-published. They could have saved me the effort had they put that information on their website. In fact, I am going to tell them that. Rejection is part of the process. I am however, looking at taking a seminar in how to write the perfect query letter. Writers Digest has one about every other month. The one next month features an editor that will critique your letter and if she really likes what you have to say she will request more of your work. I'm not quite ready financially for that one. Still have some things to pay off.
So far the rejection letters have been positive in nature. They don't dislike my work, they just liked someone else's better. Again it is a boon that they even read more than just the first paragraph of your query letter.
Today I am pitching Veteran of the Silent War to a publishing company that is known for its philanthropy, in hopes that it will see the duel benefit of the book. Not only is it a great read but, it also raises awareness and helps out a charity. But, right now I'm kind of stuck on the query letter. Right now what I have sounds pretentious. So, I'm sitting on it, hoping for some inspiration.
I got a really nice rejection letter for Beer Talk. This is a book that I never speak of here. It is not yet finished and is a collaboration between myself and a dear friend. It is alternating stories of our 'conquests'. I say 'conquests' in quotes because I really cant think of a better word. The stories are short. We don't go into a lot of detail. Mostly we talk about the interaction that we've had with these other people and how one thing led to another and how that affected us. Sometimes it is a conquest, sometimes it is love and sometimes it's just a good time. It is the woman's take on what is culturally considered a man's role in relationships. My friend and I have in different stages of our lives been the predator. I have grown out of it, but she is still very young and still very much the love doctor. Now, of course we embellish and smooth down our own rough edges, but we're not making anything up. I am billing it as a coming of age type of book because everything is addressed in there, and it is not done.
I also have a publisher in mind for the new poetry book that my niece and I are collaborating on. We still haven't come up with a name for it, so if you have any suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.
There is another book that I am going to write with a woman named Emerald. I think that I told you this a few weeks ago. She is super busy right now but, the ideas are flowing. I need to get back up to Virginia City and do some research for it as well. It's not going to be like anything I have ever written before.
Speaking of not being like anything I have ever written before, Michael's Folly is moving along and I have decided to put a few chapters here for you to enjoy and comment on if you like. Speaking of comments, I have been getting most of them now I think. I have also been trying very hard to answer them all. But, for some reason the program is fighting me. I have answered one at least 5 times now and it has never published. I am going to try again today, and if it doesn't work then, I'm going to call Vista Print.
Oh, I almost forgot to tell you, Is Homosexuality a Sin? is done with the initial interior edits and is now moving into the final internal stages before a new cover is made and it goes into production. It is being published by Strategic Publishing and with any luck it will be out before Christmas.
Okay, I'm going to get to work on something... Tomorrow I will let you read the first chapter of Michael's Folly, until then, Live well and be good to each other.