Now I'm gonna share the pain, the heartache and yes even the success of my submissions for Line 21. On this page you'll be able to see not only where I submitted my book to, be they agents or publishers, but what the end result was and what comments (if any) were given about my book.
I promise you this: it will be long, but hopefully it won't be tedious or boring, because as you know, the one thing I ain't, is tedious and boring.
1} Nancy Yost of Nancy Yost Literary Agency: snail mailed on March 28, 2011; Received a professional form rejection on April 30th, 2011. Overall, one month is a pretty decent response time for a query.
2} Evan Goldfried of Jill Grinberg Literary Management LLC: snail mailed on March 28, 2011; Another form letter, but this one was much more professional. Rejection received on April 14th, 2011.
3} Joanna Volpe of Nancy Coffey Literary & Media Representation: snail mailed on March 28, 2011 (little did I realize that she was in the top ten for queried agents); And being a top ten agent, I got the expected rejection form letter, which could've been photocopied a little bit better as it looks like it was hastily done before being hastily cut out. Rejection received on April 7, 2011.
4} Julia Lord of Julia Lord Literary Management; snail mailed on March 29, 2011; Rejection realized in the month of June 2011.
5} Diana Fox of Fox Literary; snail mailed on April 9, 2011; According to her guidelines for snail mail, no answer means rejection; Rejection realized in the month of May 2011.
6} Freaky Fountain Press; e-mailed on April 16, 2011; According to their guidelines, if they're interested within a four week turnaround, they'll request a partial; Rejection realized in the month of June 2011.
7} Solstice Publishing; e-mailed on July 16, 2011; According to their guidelines, I should get a response within 60 days and they frown on simultaneous submissions; Got an interesting initial response (7/18) from one of the editors who stated that he enjoyed my short story "Cedar's Mountain" that appeared in the e-zine Beat To A Pulp back in 2009; Sent a follow up e-mail on October 7th politely inquiring about the status of my query, and got a response the next day from the editor stating that he's slowly working his way through the queue and hasn't gotten to mine yet; sent another follow up e-mail on December 2nd and received basically the same reply. At this point, almost five and a half months later, I'm counting this as a reject; Well, true to form, I actually did get rejection on January 19, 2012, but it contained both some nice feedback and an offer of resubmision once I do some more editing; I spent about a month working on it and resubmitted on February 13, 2012; I got another semi-rejection on February 16, 2012 stating that it's not quite there yet and that I should revise it yet again; gave it some serious thought about doing a third revision and told the publisher as much; after some polite and nuanced discussion, an offer was made and accepted on February 24, 2012.
8} Carina Press; e-mailed on September 17, 2011; According to their guidelines, I should hear something in about fourteen to sixteen weeks. If not, I should submit a follow-up e-mail; Received a polite rejection e-mail on November 18, 2011.
9} Ellora's Cave; e-mailed on October 29, 2011; According to their guidelines, I should hear something in anywhere from two days to four weeks; quickest rejection ever received on October 31, 2011.
10} Barer Literary, LLC; I found about this particular agency via Novel Spaces and snail mailed an old fashioned query on November 21, 2011; received rejection on December 10, 2011.
11} Black Rose Writing; e-mailed on January 13, 2012; received request for full manuscript on January 31, 2012 and I should get a response of some kind within four to six weeks; interestingly enough, I discovered via Preditors & Editors that this is a vanity publisher, so we shall see what happens to crop up in a few weeks; after some careful thought, I decided to withdraw my submission from this publisher on February 13, 2012.
So the final score of the submission process for Line 21 winds up being this:
13 months spent (February 2010 thru March 2011) writing and editing novel to a high glossy finish.
11 months spent submitting the novel, March 2011 thru February 2012.
6 submissions to literary agents, 6 rejections received.
5 submissions to publishers, 3 rejections received, 1 submission withdrawn, and 1 very important acceptance.
And out of that one very important acceptance, we have this smartly designed book cover:
This fantastic book trailer:
This five page sampler to whet your appetite.