Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sliding Doors

Just over four months after sending Shamblers off to the publisher I finally found out the book has been rejected. Apparently the powers that be in the wider arm of the company didn't think it was a goer. It's a bit of a blow, especially after hanging out for so long to find out and not really being able to get into anything else in the meantime. What scared me the most in their reply was the fact they didn't want to take any kind of risk because Tales of the Blue hadn't done very well for the company. Now that's a terrifying thought. If your previous published books are not considered a "commercial success"does that condemn you never to getting back into print again? Surely not!

So here I am, in many ways right back where I was 6 years ago when I was tidying up the final draft of Ghost of Ping-Ling for submission. Yes, it's scary. But it's also fairly exciting. Both my publisher and my editor liked Shamblers (bless their hearts). My beta-readers liked Shamblers (big wave to Teresa, Pete, Shilpa and Brendan). And I like Shamblers (and I'm not a bit biased). There's a lot of love here floating around for the book, so I feel I can allow myself just that little smidge of optimism as I reach out to submit the manuscript to as many publishers/agents as I can possibly find.

First off the rank was Allen and Unwin with their Friday pitch. I have to say, I don't feel particularly confident about that one, namely because I haven't had much luck with them in the past. I have this terrible fear they attach an enormous amount of importance to your 300 word synopsis and, quite frankly, my synopsis writing stinks. Let's hope this time I managed to come up with a better specimen.

In the meantime I'm trying to hammer out a query letter. I'd forgotten how much I hate writing those. Maybe then I'll start working through the list of agents I've been following for a while, if it gets to that.

And in the meantime, it's back to work. Time to dust off a couple of projects I've been working on for a while and see if I can make them into anything half-way decent.