This past week I got a call from John Koehler, the head of Koehler Books where I sent the manuscript to On the Wings of Morning and had a good half-hour conversation with him. He was very encouraging about the book and said they could offer me a co-publishing contract. He hoped I would hold out for a full contract and wished me well. I’m going to continue to send the ms out to some other possibilities. I always have John’s offer to fall back on. It would involve some cash outlay on my part, but we’ll see.
I then emailed a New York literary agent who is married to one of the vets who tends our cats. He answered in a few days, indicating that he didn’t know enough about the genre of my book to represent me. He was also kind and encouraging. I knew he was a long shot since he has represented some books and authors who are top-drawer. I didn’t expect he would take me on, but I was impressed by his taking me seriously.
I have another couple of publishers I’m going to try. I’ll probably get the queries to them later today and then sit back and wait for the answers. I can take rejection. In the 90’s I think I sent out about 200 poems to various publications. They were all rejected. Oh, well, you can’t make a living on poetry anyhow. I got over the rejection and realized that my strength is the short informal essay. This gave me a few years writing newspaper columns and blogs. I didn’t make a living on them, either, but I didn’t have to.
Actually, I hope I have a strength writing novels as well.
I’ll report next week on any success or failure I experience. I’m here to say that my contacts in the publishing business are personable people who are willing to help out a first time novelist. And I appreciate it.