Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Great Agent Search

"Forbidden pleasures alone are loved immoderately; when lawful, they do not excite desire." ~Marcus Fabius Quintilian

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I have begun the agent search for Summer's Song...we'll see how it goes. I read an interview with Gena Showalter the other day & she queried agents every time she finished a novel, for the first 7 she wrote. On the 7th she finally got representation!

So I'm sending out letters to test the waters...I've queried 19 agents and so far received 3 requests for sample chapters and one "no thanks." The nice thing is that I'm happy with Samhain, so if I don't get any bites on this novel, I'll keep writing and submitting to them. I like Summer's Song, don't get me wrong, but my fear is that it isn't "different" enough. Every agent's looking for the next totally original break-out novel, and I don't know in my gut that mine is it.

I do, however, have a story idea that I've been playing around with for the last few weeks. It involves different kinds of forbidden love, a ghost, and a mysterious death - and it was inspired by this piece of real-life news. If I tackle it, it will be different than anything else I've written. I just have to get up the energy!

5 comments:

Sarita Leone said...

Wish you well with the search. :)

Marianne Arkins said...

Oh... good luck with the great agent search! Good luck, too with the new story idea :-)

windycindy said...

How fascinating the twin story is. I hope you get the energy to tackle the relationship book. Good luck in finding an agent. Enjoy your weekend! Cindi

Amy said...

Good luck with the agent search, Allie! Fingers crossed for you.

And the new story sounds intriguing!

Diane Craver said...

Good luck on getting an agent, Allie!