Book Progress Report #10

Hi all! Just checking in to let you know what’s happening with the queries I sent out. I’ve received two polite rejections so far. I figure they’re a plus, since they didn’t specify: “…and don’t you EVER send us any more of your crappy so-called writing!”

I had sent out six queries to agents, plus one directly to a publisher, ECW Press. All Canadian. The rejections came from one agent plus ECW. So I still have five queries floating around out there.

In case any of you aren’t up to speed on exactly what was being rejected, it is the memoir I finished writing and revising a couple of months ago, called Surviving Hollywood North: Crew Confessions of an Insider. It’s about the decade I spent working on films and TV shows as a script coordinator. You’d want to read it, wouldn’t you? 🙂

It’s only been three to four weeks since I sent out the queries, so I still have lots more time… to be rejected. Hey, I’m being realistic. I think the odds on a newbie, me, getting published the ‘traditional’ way are stacked against me. In this case, the house (my house) doesn’t always win.

If I don’t get an agent or publisher – and I will continue to send out queries to more of them, but I’m thinking, just in case – I will go the self-publishing route as have so many others, via Amazon. I will console myself with the fact that Andy Weir’s The Martian was self-published!

Meanwhile, I’m still wrangling an outline for my Greek saga. Details to come. You can get a taste of what you’re in store for by reading my blog post, Greece: Episode Two – I knocked harder.

See you anon!

P.S. – This is my 200th post on my WordPress blog! Waho0!!!

9 thoughts on “Book Progress Report #10

  1. Best of luck! I know from reading the blogs of other writers that being accepted takes time and effort for everyone! I admire that you’re prepared to put in that effort and I hope that you’ll be rewarded for it. Fingers crossed! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Bun! But now get this! After I wrote this post, I thought, oh, what the heck, and on a whim I sent out another query to a publisher from my small, ‘targeted’ list – not an agent. And TWO DAYS later I get a request from them for the full manuscript!!! That was Wednesday. Now it’s Saturday. I’m dying for news but must be patient. Some people say it could take months for either a yes or a no. I don’t think it’ll take that long though. My manuscript isn’t that lengthy – one can read it in one evening. (38,700 words approx.) Anyway – fingers must stay crossed at all times! 😀 Thanks!!

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  2. Hi. Over as promised from the 1951 Club. Great to meet you and now a loyal follower. I wish you so much good fortune with the manuscript.
    I admire your wanting to go down the traditional route as well. I personally just can’t get my head around self-publishing. I have included a link to my other blog about writing as well.

    All the very best. Kris.


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