For the past 17 years, I’ve been trying to get an agent’s attention for any one of my books, but coming up short. Out of the four hundred or so agents that have rejected my plethora of novels, only two actually showed any interest in my work.
14 years ago.
But as the years have worn on, I’ve been tiring of this little chase. I put out letters and out comes the rejections. Now, I realize this is a business, but the business model is seriously flawed.
So–as I posted last night on my Facebook page–2014 is going to be the last time I do this agent train of mine. I stopped submitting for 8 years because I was also tired of the rejections. But I was just plain tired. I just don’t have the energy to keep doing this forever.
At some point, I’m going to have to move on.
Then self-publishing came along and so I’m not feeling at all broken up about not being traditionally published. But for the past 17 years, I’ve watched the industry shrink and dry up, become more restrictive and more embittered and hostile towards new writers, and I now know that my place isn’t to be with them, but to be somewhere’s else.
So my Codename: Velocity novel will be the last book I’ll be submitting for this century. After which, I’m going to concentrate and focus all my efforts and energies on becoming self-published and shelve my dreams of ever seeing my books in a bookstore.
Whatever happens, my books will be professionally edited and there will be jaw-dropping covers on my books. I have no problems spending the money to get something decent out. I just don’t want my efforts to come to naught because I overlooked something or took short cuts I didn’t need.
But with a defunct social network on hand, marketing and promoting is going to take some creative thinking and doing in the coming years–seeing how Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr are all dead and buried.
So I’ve got my work cut out for me to say the least. Getting the word out is something I have a lot of experience in. The trick is to get people to take notice.
And that’s not going to be easy.