Well, the bad news just keeps on rolling.
Got a rejection e-mail, this time from publisher Pyr. I’m only waiting on a pass from Ace to officially declare I’m batting .000.
Yes, I’m still on hold from Baen, and no, I have not yet submitted to any small indie markets yet, but once this final, delayed rejection comes in, it puts a cork in my fantasy of being pro-published the traditional way right out the gate. As for the agent hunt, I’ve submitted to 6 major agencies, targeting their newly listed agents who are actively searching for clients. So far, I’m 0 for 6.
I’m still engaged in writing, working on Echomancer, “Bumped”, and “ILYAMY” intermittently, but I really had high hopes for A Sword Into Darkness. I even re-read it this last week and sent it off to another reader who had expressed a fascination with the book. I think it’s good. What could be the factor turning editors off about it? What could I tweak or re-write to make it past those initial gate-keepers?
Ah, well. I’ve pulled down “Bumped” this week and I’m finishing off a re-write now. It’ll go off into the aether this weekend, along with “ILYAMY”. Maybe I can put my count of pro-published shorts to 3 or 4.
Any advice from the internets?