Recently, a well-known fantasy author gave me some encouraging feedback on FATE, and suggested that if I’m not getting the kind of responses I’m looking for from agents, I should query the publishers directly.
Maybe it seems like a no-brainer, but I’ve been so wrapped up in getting an agent, I think I may have lost sight in the true goal – to sell my book.  He pointed out that in the science fiction and fantasy genres, it is not uncommon for writers to sell their books to publishers without agents.  I know this is true (I read about the deals in Locus  every month), but I really thought that if I couldn’t interest an agent, I had no chance with a publisher.  And I’m reluctant to self-publish, because if it doesn’t sell, it could hurt my chances for a traditional publishing contract down the road.  With all the agent rejections FATE has accumulated, I figured it just wasn’t good enough.   I told him about my daily mantra: good writing speaks for itself.  
He agreed.  Then he told me not to give up on FATE. 
So this week, I added a new opening scene, and rewrote the synopsis (again).  Using Publishers Marketplace, I identified the publishers most likely to be interested in FATE, and identified the editors within each publishing house who edit books which are most like mine (Urban Fantasy).  It’s a short list, made shorter because some of these publishers don’t accept un-agented manuscripts.  Each publisher has their own submission guidelines, and the turnaround time for each publisher can be six months or more.  I have to say, putting together a FATE submission package for a publisher feels good.  I like putting my words to work, and knowing that my manuscript is sitting in an editor’s slush pile is a lot better than having it sit in my drawer.

Persistence.  I can do that. 

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