today I am in search of advice from the multitude of Red Room readers, writers, bloggers and etc.
The story goes, a little over two years ago--on the morning I was going for a colonoscopy--I received a call from an agent on a query and sample from my manuscript of collected short stories. He said that he loved the stories, they excited him as to their potential even though short story collections tend to be a tough sell, and that he wanted to represent me. Hooray!
Then that afternoon, after the colonoscopy I was diagnosed with rectal cancer and spent a year in treatment (radiation/chemo, major surgery, chemo, and then recovery). To say the least, I didn'y have the time or energy or ability to do the work I needed to do on the manuscript and let it fall to the side. I kept in periodic touch with the agent, but after a year his passion for the manuscript had waned considerably and...well, things didn't work out.
Desperate to just get these stories in print I offered them to a publisher who shall remain nameless. The net result is that I now have a book of my short stories that people seem to genuinely like, but a publisher who's marketing program is only about trying to get me to buy more and more copies of my own book.
So what do I do now? I have this book that people like, but I don't have the resources to market it. Can I send it to agents? To publishers?
Causes James Buchanan Supports
Expanding health care in the US, ending war as a viable tool of foreign policy, and issues related to social justice in general.