Thursday, 25 February 2010
Where to from here?
As regular readers know, I’ve been waiting impatiently for the past five months to hear from a publisher about the manuscript of my children’s novel that they’ve been considering. Sad to say, on Tuesday I got a large envelope in the mail with my own handwriting on it – the complete manuscript returned with the dreaded ‘we are sorry...’ letter. Is there a word to describe that moment when all your hopes drop to the floor with an almighty thud? It’s certainly not something I can put into words.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom though. Despite the ‘we are sorry’, they did add that they thought it had real promise and would be pleased to look at any other manuscripts I might like to submit. So they left the door open that tiny bit. But still, it’s disappointing. No, ‘disappointing’ isn’t the word.
I’ve spent all my spare time since then researching other children’s publishers here in Australia. There are very few that accept unsolicited manuscripts or even queries, except through a registered agent and I can find only one agency who say they are accepting queries on children’s books at the moment and, they add, they are taking on very few. It’s all rather discouraging. Is it any wonder so many go into self-publishing? But I’m determined to keep trying. Someone has to like this book. The publisher I just submitted to was one of the biggest in Australia. If I got that far with them, there has to be hope...doesn’t there?
I’ve got a list of possibilities ready and I’m going to target them one by one (or more if they don’t specifically say they don’t like multiple submissions). Wish me luck!