Monday, September 24, 2012

Is Deidre Getting an Agent, or what?!

I have to confess, I've been working to edit a manuscript called The Testimony . It's nearly finished and like Saving Mary, I plan on self publishing this one too! In fact, I'm rather fond of self publishing. I'm so fond of it that my editor and I have decided that self publishing is the route we are journeying down for at least four more books. This route may not be the path you choose, you may not have found a wonderful editor who's willing to kick things into high gear, you may not want the added stress of finding your book's readers, or playing the ever-changing Amazon market, or forking out cash for advertising...but I guess I kind of like all that stuff. And so here I go again, plunging myself into the publishing biz.

FYI, I didn't foresee myself heading down this path. I have to admit, I'm such a go-getter that I totally expected to find myself a wonderful agent who would scoop up my books and push them out into the publishing world. In fact, I did send my "testimony" manuscript out to a large handful of agents (last year...with little response), but recently I've been spending my energy on polishing and finalizing the book so that it's ready to upload to Amazon (as opposed to an intermediary agent). The Testimony should be ready for sale by December 25, 2012. I'll let you know if it it gets out at that time. So, is Deidre going to find an agent? Not at this time--she's got an editor, and at this point that's all she needs!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Harper Collin's Accepting Unagented Material--Now!

Sorry I've been gone for so long, but I've been busy, busy, busy! However, I didn't want anyone to miss this opportunity from Harper's blog page:

Harper Voyager, HarperCollins’ science fiction and fantasy imprint, will accept complete and unagented manuscripts for two weeks.
From October 1 until October 14, authors from around the world can send their manuscripts through this submission portal. You can find all the submission details at this link. Here’s more from the publisher:
The manuscripts will then be read and those most suited to the global Harper Voyager list will be selected jointly by editors in the USA, UK and Australia.  Accepted submissions will benefit from the full publishing process: accepted manuscripts will be edited; and the finished titles will receive online marketing and sales support in World English markets. Voyager will be seeking an array of adult and young adult speculative fiction for digital publication, but particularly novels written in the epic fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, horror, dystopia and supernatural genres.

The global effort is led by U.K. deputy publisher director Emma Coode, Australian associate publisher Deonie Fiford, and U.S. executive editor Diana Gill