Rita dreams of jerky treats. Plentiful. Chewy. And handed out with great regularity!
In Other Dreams...
I finished my manuscript for my third novel. (It's about a dog-mom, but that's all I'm sayin' about that for now.) I sent it off to my agent on Friday.
I haven't told all that many folks (since it didn't happen in the usual way), but I signed with a new agent a few months ago. (I still work with my previous agent as well, Taryn Fagerness, but she focuses solely on foreign rights now.) Anyway, I hadn't been querying agents, but things kind of came together all of a sudden a couple of months ago, and I got the opportunity to talk to Kevan Lyon on the phone, and she ended up offering me a contract. (SQUEEEE) So, I'm now rep'd by the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
My publishing story is a bit of a long one, but I'll try to be brief since it's supposed to be Wordless Wednesday.
I finished my first novel, What the Dog Ate, in 2008 and signed with Taryn, my now-foreign-rights agent. She helped me get the book ready to send out, and by the time we were pitching publishers it was early 2009 and the market had tanked. No one wanted to take a chance on little ol' me. I got a lot of lovely rejection letters. (Le sigh.)
I gave up writing for a while after that, but slowly got back into it. In early 2012, I had dinner with Taryn, and she encouraged me to self-pub What the Dog Ate, so I did. Once I finished Rescue Me, Maybe, I was so anxious to have it out in the world (I'd been working on it since 2009), I decided to self-pub it and didn't even try to sell it to a publisher. I published it in Sept. 2013.
In early 2014, Rescue Me, Maybe was selling decently, and I was approached by a big NY agency (which was a total shock!) about representation for my upcoming manuscript(s). But ... I just didn't feel like it was the right fit. I pursued working with Kevan instead - she's a big time dog lover so I think we're a perfect fit! - and things fell into place.
So... with book number 3, I'm giving the traditional publishing route another try. I don't know if it's the "right" thing to do, but I'd love to have better distribution for my books, and that's a lot easier with a publisher behind you. Besides... I still have the dream of being traditionally published (even if the publishing world is going through some major changes) so I had to go for it.
I wasn't sure about sharing all this, but figured why not. Some might be interested in the journey.
Of course, now I'll also have to share rejection news if this route doesn't pan out - but I'm okay with self publishing the book if none of the few remaining big publishers out there want to buy it.
Anyway, I needed to tell y'all this anyway, in case you are waiting for book number 3. If I was self-pubbing it, I could probably have it out in a few months. But, now there will be months of waiting to see what happens. (Or not - maybe my agent will hate it and I'll be able to self-pub it right away.) :)
I'll keep you posted.
So, do you have a dream you are pursuing? Are you already livin' the dream? Spill!
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