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Another submission season

In all the work and fuss over getting Hoosier Hysterical published, I haven’t had time to deal with the other works I sent out into the cold, cruel publishing world. Over the last several months they’ve all come back to me via rejections—except in some cases when I hauled them back in after not hearing from publishers/agents for several months.
So I’ve gotten busy again. Over the last few days I’ve sent out eight submissions—three novels and five short stories—to various magazines, publishers, and agents. I have another romantic comedy (Coming Attractions) that I’ve held back for some further editing, so that’s my next chore.
Unlike most editors, agents are usually okay with simultaneous submissions, which means I could be telling you about several dozen submissions. But a writer/agent relationship needs to be very solid, so I spend time investigating agents, looking for one that might be just right for me … shotgun submitting isn’t my style. If an enthusiastic publisher offers me a three book deal before I land an agent … well, that’s a “problem” I’ll just have to deal with, isn’t it?


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Aug. 25th, 2016 04:39 am (UTC)
good luck. I have a novel I have to retool and I'm going to have to start looking for an agent for my YA novel
Aug. 26th, 2016 03:44 am (UTC)
I hate the submission process. Not a huge fan of the retooling part, either!
Aug. 26th, 2016 04:31 am (UTC)
me either. To make every change they asked for I'd literally have to remove one character and put in someone his exact opposite to make them happy
Aug. 26th, 2016 09:26 pm (UTC)
I was asked basically to remove the entire last third of Coming Attractions -- which means, of course, that I'd have to write a new third and stick it in somewhere.
Aug. 26th, 2016 09:55 pm (UTC)
Yikes. That sucks
Aug. 27th, 2016 05:41 pm (UTC)
Hype ... Still trying to decide if it's worth it.
Aug. 27th, 2016 07:39 pm (UTC)
I'm going to do it because they did mention things I worried about so I was right to worry. Other parts still annoy me. How much change is going to happen in the personality of a 1500 year old vampire?
Aug. 27th, 2016 08:40 pm (UTC)
That's a good question ... It reminds me of my determination to write an Oz book exploring what Dorothy must be like today: a 125 year old who still looks 11. I would think that by the time anyone turns 1500, their personality is pretty much set barring a catastrophe.
Aug. 27th, 2016 09:41 pm (UTC)
that would make for an interesting book!

Yeah exactly and that was one of the big criticisms. I'm like really? That the other guy was a door mat was the other and it's true but he's also been abused his entire life and is terrified to assert himself.
Aug. 28th, 2016 06:40 am (UTC)
So, make major changes in character traits, now you've got a new character ... which means his actions will change, which means a whole different story. Can of worms!
Aug. 28th, 2016 07:10 pm (UTC)
yeah exactly. I can make minor changes and I will but if they say no, I'll ask to take it elsewhere (they have rights to the characters)
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