So I finally heard back from the literary agent I’d pitched to in October.
Here’s the gist:
“Thank you for sharing LIGHT with me and I apologize for the length of time it has taken me to respond… While I really love the Victorian setting with the paranormal twist, I regret to say that I just did not fall in love with your story the way I need to in order to take it on.”
This is the fifth “no.” I bounced back pretty easily with the first four, but this one is going to take a bit longer to get over. I’d pitched to her in person and she seemed interested, so of course my hopes were high, especially when she asked for the first few chapters. I’d never gotten that far with an agent; I was delighted and so excited. The whole reason for my trip to that convention was for that opportunity.
Of course I knew the odds were still against me- especially when I didn’t hear back within the first few weeks- but there was still that hope. Now I’m starting to lean toward just putting my book out there on Amazon or for the Nook through Barnes and Noble. I know I did a whole post ranting against self-publishing, but since the convention my views on it have been shifting.
A big pro of it would be that I’d be able to retain my rights. It also seems that that’s where the publishing industry is looking for writers; they don’t like gambling on books that haven’t already sold well. Plus, if I go through a company like Abbott Press, they’d do all the marketing for me.
Anyone have an opinion on the matter? Should I just keep plugging away with the query letters? Also, if anyone has published through the self-publishing companies such as Abbott, please let me know what your experiences were!