Manuscript is finished ... check. Edits, Revisions, More Edits, and Revisions ... check. Final read-through ... check. Now what?
Well, I had two options, both of which I'd taken
before. If I chose option A -- query to agents, it will be a much longer road,
much longer wait, but if it happened, I could get doors to open that would never
be possible without an agent. Or option B -- submit the work to small,
independent publishers who don't require an agent. Quicker, less fuss, but not
the big payoff. Okay, so I'm not so patient any longer. Go with option B.
Besides, I had accumulated a waaaay long list of indies to submit to. It would
be a really long time before I'd run out of "doors to knock on".
I started with 4 or 5, one of which responded
right away and asked for the full manuscript. Turns out this was to be a big
delay in getting Dying to Dream published because this particular pub wants the
suspense they accept to be big on romance. The good part is they were willing to
work with me to get the story to the point where they'd like it and want to
Two good things happened during this process. One,
I did manage to add some romance. And two, I narrowed down the POV's to three,
which I hadn't realized is such a very big deal :-). The downside was that there
wasn't enough romance, and I wasn't willing to add more, so we parted ways after
almost a YEAR! "Sigh"
Back to square one: This time, I submitted to five
more pubs (that's a total of about 10 submissions -- really low number for me
since the last work I'd written went out to probably about 50!) That was in the
first week of August, 2012. Mainly Murder Press replied right away and said
they'd get back to me after reading the sample chapters. Two weeks later, they
asked for the full (8/22/12). By the end of August they offered me a contract.
(WOW! That was fast.) But wait. I'm not through.
While I was taking time to read through the
contract and deciding what to do, I received an email around the middle of
September from yet another pub I'd queried, offering a contract. By this time,
I'm thinking, what is going on and what a gem of a story I must have written! In
the meantime, MMP is wanting an answer. I'm researching, even reading some of
the books they've published and liking what I see. We go back and forth with me
asking questions about certain things in the contract.
I finally make my decision and decide to go with
MMP. It's a good fit. But the story doesn't end there. Geesh! A couple of days
later, one of the other pubs asks to see the full manuscript. And a couple
months later, yet another wanted to offer a contract! That's 3 out of 5 this
time around who wanted to contract, and 1 that showed interest. The odds don't
get better than that! And the expression, "you snooze, you lose" comes to mind
:-) Sorry, you other guys. MMP caught the fish and I hope they are as happy as I
Now, of course, I can't help thinking, if I'd
known what a great thing this novel of mine was, would I have gone the agent
route and caught a bigger fish of my own? Well, I'll never know, and that's not
how I'm gonna play this act in my life. No sir. I'm gonna drink the wine and
enjoy the ride!