Pressing On

Actually, I'm looking for a contract offer, thanks.

Actually, I’m looking for a contract offer, thanks.

All right, friends, so I sent out my manuscript/query to ten publishers in April, and at this point the score is, Would-Be Published Novelist 0, Publishers 8, Lost in Space, 2.  I sent emails to a couple of publishers who had had my manuscript for three months. One wrote back and said “the prose was very smart and engaging,” BUT it didn’t suit the “eccentric and genre-bending nature” of what they were looking for. I get that. Stories about kids from the mid-West who go off to help save Western civilization as we know it aren’t exactly eccentric and the genre is not too bent. It was nice of them to say that the prose was smart and engaging. Better than stupid and off-putting.

I haven’t heard back from the other big publisher, but apparently they can sit on a ms for up to a year or forever. So, I’ve put on my big boy pants, got the next ten publishers on my list of forty and will be sending out queries and submissions this week. The fun rolls on, friends, but I have the synopses and rationales and all else I need all ready to go, so I’m good.

In other novel news, I’m about halfway through editing the first draft, so I should have a copy for my faithful beta readers in a couple of weeks. I  also have an outline for Book Three, On Wings of the Wind (re-titled from Beyond the Blue Horizon, which is now the title of Book Five. Book Four, if you’re keeping track, will be titled tentatively When I Rise Up. Maybe not. We’ll see.)

Anyhow, On Wings of the Wind will have baseball, family troubles, mob involvement, a secret mission, and the death of a main character (no, not Otto–he’s the “face of the franchise). Stay tuned!


About huckfinn47

I taught high school English for 32 years, all at Robinson High School in Fairfax, VA. My students called me "Mr. V," and I was fortunate to have some terrific young people in my classes. I have made contact with some of them, particularly on Facebook, and enjoy seeing what they're up to. My other nickname, given to me by our then assistant pastor Jim Vaught, is Lieutenant Dan, after the Gary Sinise character in Forrest Gump, one of my favorite movies. I never got anywhere near military service, so the name is somewhat ironic. I greatly admire our troops and respect their sacrifices. On the Wings of Morning is my first novel worth talking about.
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