I really should wait before I announce my really awesome ideas, at least until I know if they actually are as awesome as I think they are….
I started submitting my book to literary agents a few weeks ago. Perhaps a little bit tentatively to be honest. I say to myself that it has to be this way, I can’t do too many at once because I don’t have time, when in fact maybe I am just a bit scared of rejection after all. I am very good at pretending that I’m not really that bothered because I know I’ll get there in the end but then I get overwhelmed with the age issue and think I might die younger than I thought and maybe just before I sign a massive deal and I’ll have to look on as my family write ‘Should of got off her lazy ass years ago’ on my gravestone.
Well I have had my first rejection on this manuscript. It was a very nice and very helpful one it has to be said. As I have made it public that I was thinking of self publishing I had to read a list of reasons I should not! Some of them were not even on my radar. I thought I’d share a couple of them with you if you are having the same dilemma.
- Publishers will not be impressed with 4-5,000 book sales, not even a teeny weeny bit. They will only give a shit if you’ve sold 100,000 and at that point you wouldn’t give a shit about them so…. hmmm, this was a wake up call. Obviously lovely agent did not say ‘shit’ in her email.
- You will have lost the element of ‘what if this is the next best thing?’ for an agent because they may think you’ve hit your limit and me being a marketer and everything. If I can’t sell anymore then how will they sell it to a publisher? Another very valid point.
- The last crucial bit of advice was ‘Do you like bragging about yourself?’ because if you don’t then duh. Well I don’t. I’m fine bragging about my clients as if I were them but myself?? No way. I have a hard time even talking to people I haven’t seen for years about myself. I always turn the conversation back to what they’re doing in case they think I’m showing off. Hmm, not a good starting point. I may just have to re-think this issue.
Another thing I gained from this rejection was the fact that what I write is Chick Lit. I have to get over the fact that it’s a saturated market and how will I even break into it. There’s no getting around the issue by calling it women’s fiction or attempting to call it intelligent chick lit as my husband suggested I did. I would never of course because that’s like saying I think I’m a bit above all other writer’s out there who are actually making good money working in this genre and everything I have read is clever, witty and extremely intelligently written. I cannot write dead serious stuff because it’s just not in me. I cannot help but stick a funny in there or write as I think and that is definitely never serious!
So here I go again. I am going to take said advice and also the advice of submitting to no more than 6 agents in one go. This is pretty sound and it’s three more than I’ve already done so seems like quite a lot to me!
I’m sure that eventually I will get good at rejection, well better at least. I will continue to keep you posted as to my progress or lack of it. One thing I will be doing is going full throttle. I will not be holding back anymore. I’ll make my workload lighter by outsourcing if I need to because this is what I want. If you want something this much then you can’t sit around and wait for it to land on your lap.