I attended a book reading last night for OVEREXPOSED -- a novel written by my former professor, Susan Shapiro. Perhaps someday Barnes & Noble will want to host one for me. In the meantime...
Sue's agent was there and he said I could send him my query for my second effort, THE FREELANCER.
It made me feel productive to have someone to send it to, since so many of the agents I contacted have said no thanks. They all have their reasons: not right for this agency, not what we're looking for right now, don't have a passion for the project... They all however wish me well and hope I find representation elsewhere. I have been down this road before with my first novel, FAT CHICK, which eventually got published by a small press and was sold my me without an agent. I was really hoping that this time the system would work for me.
At the panel discussion last night, which included two authors, two editors and one agent, the subject of traditional publishing vs. self publishing came up. Everyone their erred on the side of traditional. They said that of course, you will hear many a story of how someone self-published then hit it big with a best-seller, but they said most the time self-publishing led to people spending money and getting very little return.
I personally am going to hold fast to the traditional way, at least until I've exhausted my options.
Wish me luck (I need it.) Good luck to all of you as well.
Causes Lorraine Merkl Supports
The Legal Aid Society
The Inner-City Scholarship Fund