After much thought, and thanks to some very thought provoking conversation — both in the commentary, as well as among friends — I’ve reached a decision, kind of.
I am going to look carefully at the agents I’ve discovered through http://querytracker.com. I owe myself the investigation of those agencies, at least, as well as owing any of you excited about seeing these books out — simply put, I’d rather you had more ways to get them, unless I get an overwhelming response that you’d rather have them now from one e-store than a year from now in 1000 stores physical and online alike.
I’m being highly selective. I’m carefully considering the agent‘s “what I accept” list juxtaposed to her list of titles and clients to be sure that what they think they mean is what I think they mean. Also, there’s the inescapable fact that all too many agents seem to say “oh, it’s most important that it’s a great story!” but their client list indicates they’re looking long and hard for “the next best way to cash in on the latest hit trends”. I don’t believe any of the agents I queried before are as bad as that, or bad at all, but such agents exist and I intend to skip them over. I’m also being selective on another front: I’m going to try to see how well known, how well selling their client list is. I’m not looking for an all-star cast, who’s who of the NY Times Best Sellers list, but if she’s got 50 titles under her belt and they’re every one of them the picture of obscurity … I can do obscurity tomorrow and keep the 15% commission for myself!
If I find a promising agent, I shall query further.
I reached this decision after much agonising and arguing with myself and others. I was finally won over on this ground: I want this book to be accessible. If I can reach more hand, more eyes, and more minds with an agent and a publisher, then I should like to have an agent and publisher. If I could convince myself, or if I could hear a compelling argument from another, regarding that visibility from self-published I’m certainly open to it and would self publish the story June first. I will say I don’t believe it matters if I’m on a Barnes & Noble shelf or exclusively with Amazon, iBooks only or in every ebook seller offered as part of Smashwords‘ premium catalogue. I mean, the whole word of mouth matter. Suffice to say, with an agent and a publisher I’ve got more mouths saying more words on my behalf and any words I can pass on my own.
I do and don’t want to do this. Frankly I hate writing query letters. It’s tedious, it’s also terribly difficult — I’ve no self-esteem where they’re concerned. I also hate waiting; I’ve got a story, and I’m anxious to share it. I still may self-publish. For one, I may decide against querying any more agents, if that’s the case … I’m giving myself until 31 May to have queried even 1 agent. If I have, then the publish date will move to either 1 September, or the “hear back by” date of the last agent submitted a query — whichever is longest. I’m going to give them time to make up their minds before I make up mine.
I’m sorry. I know if I said: if it’s not picked up by 20 May it’ll be published 1 June. Still, there also hasn’t been any voices crying out in disappointment and sorry “No! Jaye, please, stop this horrible internal contention and give us the rest of your story!” I suppose that means I’m not really disappointing anyone but myself by changing my mind.
In the mean time, I want to try something different for Ready or Not. I’d like to select some … in fanfiction they’re often called “Beta-readers” but I seem to recall there’s a niftier and classier term for it that most fiction writers use, but it escapes me right now. I’d like to select 3 people to be my guinea pigs for book 2. Given that the series is written such that one book flows to the next to some degree a selected reader will get a free ebook copy of Love or Lust to give them some reference and establishment.
How to be selected? Nominate yourself. The means to do this?
- Comment on this post
- Go here and send me
- Your name
- Your email
- Your file preference — ePUB, MOBI, PDF
- Your three favourite scenes/lines/parts of the sample chapters and what it is you liked about it (if it just tickled you or some other thing that boils to — I don’t know, I just do — fine, you just do. Say so).
- Why? Just answer whatever you think I mean by asking it.
- Wait until 11am EDT the 2nd of June for me to announce the ones selected.
- Agent hunting sucks (jblog.universal-nexus.com)
- So much for agents? (jayeedgecliff.wordpress.com)
- “Do’s and Don’ts for Query Letters” ~ by Stephanie Haefner (authorshelpingauthors.wordpress.com)
- Literary Agent Sara Megibow shares “A day in the life…” (lindajoycecontemplates.wordpress.com)
- Interview: Lauren Spieller on query letters (aussieownedandread.com)