Tip of the Day: Shucked is on a book blitz this week, with 77 bloggers signed up. You can enter to win a copy - all the details are on my blog.
Shucked is the book I queried. It's the book I wanted to traditionally publish. I queried only eight agents.
Not a whole lot, I know. The chances were infinitesimal. And I got rejected by six of them. The other two are we-don't-contact-you-unless-we're-interested agents. I'm assuming they didn't want Shucked.
The whole time I was waiting on responses, I prepped Shucked for self-pub. I'm not one to sit around waiting, but I was respectful enough to wait to hit the publish button until I knew Shucked was passed on. Anything else is unprofessional.
I'm happy knowing I queried my dream agents (the three I wanted most
were the first three to reject me, which lessened the sting of the
others). I wouldn't settle for just any agent anymore (not like in 2010
when I queried 50-something agents for Anathema). Self-publishing is a
better choice, for me, than going with an agent who I feel meh about.
What am I hoping for with Shucked? I want it to be traditionally published. Yes, still. I've epubbed Shucked and put it up for free in its entirety on Wattpad. How will this help? Well, let's say on the off chance people love it (some do, and some already don't, lol). It gets popular. There's word of mouth and buzz. Then maybe someone will want to pick it up for print rights, or foreign, or film. You never know.
Don't tell me the book is dead if it's already out there. That's simply not true anymore. And if Shucked does nothing more than live on as an ebook, I'm certainly not going to complain. I've already sold enough copies to cover the money I spent on it. I'm making a profit and I will never turn away a paying customer.
So let the dream carry on! No book is ever dead. :D
Megg, Miss Enchanted ePubber