I was initially going to call this blog ‘How it feels to be rejected by literary agents’, but that’s super depressing, why not focus on the positive this time? My novel, Mesmerise, has been officially rejected (since last friday) by the grand total of five literary agents I was able to query it with. Most of my initial queries were actually successful, and (another bonus) I learned heaps of valuable info about the query process, which should come in handy for the next round – submitting to publishers.
If you aspire to the lofty heights of ‘published’ writer, no doubt you’ve faced rejection time and time again – as I have. I am currently querying my novel, Mesmerise, with agents and considering there are only 15 Literary Agents in Australia, and I can only submit to about seven, self-publishing is starting to look damn attractive right about now!
I recently wrote a self-publishing guest post for indie author, Theresa Sopoko. I wrote the article in a bid to convince myself that self-publishing is the way to go. While everyone secretly wants to be published by one of the Big 5, I’ve finally begun to see that the advantages to self-publishing are actually pretty great (if you put in the hard yaka that is) – and what better way to demonstrate that than with a few cats thrown in for good measure!
The basic requirements for a young adult, (fantasy) novel
Young white girl (or harry potter)
Has a special, hidden power
Father or mother died when he/she was young (or maybe not O_o)
Usually an only child and lives with relatives or mother
Enters or discovers a new world
Falls in love, but it’s SUPER complicated
But then suddenly there’s another one he/she also falls in love with
Moral dilemma, who will he/she choose?
And how can he/she save the world?
Finds out he/she is royalty or some kind of half-mythical creature
The bad guy might not necessarily be the bad guy
Saves the world using special powers
Finally reunited with father (wait, he’s alive?)
Either chooses original first love, or the first dies and he/she chooses the second
Isn’t this the biggest wish of most aspiring, new and established authors? For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a published author, as I’m sure many of you do do! Or perhaps your wish is to become a successful freelancer, website designer, food blogger extraordinaire, ghost-writer, savvy media journalist or a fashion magazine editor. Whichever one you are, we’re all in this together! (OK that line was corny, please ignore).
While I’d love to write full-time, I’m a little concerned about the potential for my chocolate intake to increase, to be constantly craving coffee, to become obsessed with school stationary sales and for the inevitable hair-raising moment when my friends stage an intervention ‘writervention’ and ask why if I’ve turned into a pale, hermit-like night owl creature that has forgotten humans need a bit of vitamin D every now and then.