I was pondering this as I was mucking stalls this AM (yes, I do a long of pondering as I do stalls!). I received the expected response to the query I mentioned the other day - 30K too long. I have no problem accepting that, and on the one hand I know if I want to pursue writing fiction for publication, my best bet would be to work on another idea, and get it polished for submission. On the other, I know that to develop the world, characters and story the way I want....well, it's not going to happen in 60,000 words.
After spending the better part of the last year reading George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones, if you've been living under a rock), I have picked up a couple of quick reads. Both are by the same author, and labeled "romance/suspense." Not really my thing, but well, in case you haven't guessed it, the draw was horses, and they're even set at the racetrack. They have been reasonably entertaining (despite my propensity to pick at the horse details...I've been trying to work on that!)....but I admit I find them superficial, especially after living in the complex world of Game of Thrones.
Now, I know that's the genre, but it seems when one spends time on blogs and forums reading about aspiring authors vying for agents, all anyone really wants to consider is these light quick reads. Personally, that's not the kind of book I really enjoy. Am I in the minority? I grew up reading J.R.R. Tolkein, Leon Uris, John Irving, James Clavell, Scott Turow - books that required considerable time investment. I might have read a Dick Francis for fun every now and then, but I relished these epics. In this world of Twitter, Facebook, and other social media....is epic fiction too hard to sell?
Epic horse fiction....yeah, I know. Happy reading!
So, how long ago was it I said I needed to start sending out queries? Well....last night I did my first one. I'm not considering it a real query, because I'm taking advantage of an opportunity presented by a particular agent on her blog. Not really a perfect fit, but it got me over that hump of just.doing.it. It has also kicked my butt to start researching agents who may be more appropriate, and thus hopefully I will send out a few more in future. Today I've been madly re-formatting the manuscript....ahhhhhh. I should be painting, but it's a rainy afternoon, the ponies are in, and with this writing thing I have to go with the courage when it hits! Haha!
I have been pondering, again, that at 130,000 words (yes I've actually got it down to that), no one's going to touch it. As a result I expect I will find a way to self-publish it, not because I expect to make any money from it, but because I think there are a handful of people out there who might enjoy it, and well, I'll be counting on my friends to blog and tweet and FB about it! We have this thing called the interwebz, we must make it work for us!
In the meantime, I have to laugh. Sending out that query, I'm ready for a whole new world of rejection! It's all part of the experience....
I consider myself a closet novelist - and this is what I've been hiding in the closet. This blog contains excerpts from the story, musings on Thoroughbred horse racing, and some of my thoughts as I contemplate trying to get published.