For those of you who haven't heard me shouting from the rooftops, I just signed a three book deal with an amazing publisher (Limitless Publishing) for my Flesh & Blood Trilogy! It was a long and arduous journey to get to this point, but I coudln't be happier with the outcome. I know I could have gone the traditional route and signed with an agent, but for me, I felt that the best course was to publish with LP and begin my career and build my resume. There are some people who don't agree with this decision, but more on that in my next post. For now, let's talk about how I got to this point, for those who might be curious...
I finished the first book of my series, Like Father, Like Daughter, last April. I spent two months revising and editing and then began querying the project to agents (coughs...300 of them...coughs again) in June. In July, I was offered representation by an agent (whom shall remain nameless to protect her already flimsy reputation...we'll just call her Bad Agent) and I accepted. Bad Agent and I worked on revisions for two months and I really thought we had a great working relationship. That is, until one day when out of the blue I received an email from Bad Agent in which she oh-so-politely dumped me and terminated our contract with very little by way of explanation. All she said was that she FELT I wasn't up for the task of continued revisions....where she got this feeling, I will never know. I was at first heartbroken, but then I processed through the stages of grief. Eventually, I got to PISSED OFF. And I stayed there for quite a while. Why would an agent do something like that to an author? Granted, she had only been an agent for less than a year, so there's that. But it was so unprofessional, I couldn't put it into words.
Eventually, I pulled myself up by the proverbial boot straps, polished of LFLD, and began another round of querying which lasted from October through December. I wound up with...get this...FIFTEEN REQUESTS for my manuscript. I was over the moon! However, one by one, I began receiving emails to the effect of "Geez, I LOVE this concept and your writing is excellent, but...." The reasons varied from "my case list is too full" to "I just didn't fall in love with Libby." Granted, on my first draft of LFLD, Libby was written a bit cold and callous in the beginning. I was trying to make her an "unreliable narrator" but that obviously didn't work, so I revised the first three chapters and resubmitted to the remaining agents. Sort of to test the waters, I also submitted to a handful of independent publishers on the side, not expecting much to come from those queries. But within one day of sending my query, I received a full request from Limitless Publishing. Three days after that, I received an offer to publish not only LFLD, but the entire series. At this point, I still had three remaining reading agents. A couple of days later, I received two more offers from two different publishers, but I immediately wrote them off because their cover art was atrocious and their sales were laughable.
In the end, it came down to a choice between one publisher (LP) and one agent (whom I won't name for obvious reasons - but she was a superstar). I thought and thought and thought and I prayed, too. The way I saw it, I had two options...either go with a guaranteed publishing deal, or take a chance with an agent. In the end, the choice for me was clear. Limitless Publishing is a stellar press and everything about them screamed professionalism, success and family.
So...here we are now. I just signed the contract yesterday. There's a lot of work to do ahead for me, but I'm so willing and ready to do it. Thanks to all who have supported me. Stay tuned for more posts. I'll try to blog at least weekly, if not more often. Love you all.