Yesterday my wife sent my first full manuscript to Shadow Mountain Publishing. I’m hoping that, based on the legacy and reputation of Shadow Mountain, they will read it and decide to publish IL: The Lost Guardian.
Just a few thoughts on this entire process of getting published:
I’ve spent the past few months querying agents hoping to get some kind of a positive response only to be reject time and time again. I’ve had many people look over my query and I’ve revised it a number of times to get it just right, but I’m still faced with rejection and it’s not even constructive rejection. I understand that agents get a lot of queries across their desks and even with the screening process of having assistants read and respond to them, it’s still barely manageable, and I don’t want anyone to think I’m blaming the agents. However, I feel, in a small degree, that the traditional process of getting an agent and or publisher is just a little bit demeaning to the artists.
These people pour their hearts and souls into their work just to have to wait patiently while someone reads and rejects it based on a pithy-at-best description. It’s like walking into a job interview and you are given five seconds to describe yourself and why you are perfect for the job. It doesn’t really seem fair, but it is still the only way to maximize your chances of making it in this industry and get the kind of support you need.
I know that ePublishing is becoming much more prevalent and that some people have gotten their work out there quite successfully, but I don’t think I’m ready to jump off of that bridge quite yet. So, until I absolutely can’t take it anymore, we’ll all just have to wait until someone likes my cursory description of my book.
Well, those are my two cents. Thanks for reading and keep your fingers crossed.