My last novel, “Prince of Leaf and Stone” is sitting on the shelf and I’m off writing the next although the last one still beckons. I like the story and reader feedback is positive although it is just friends and family so far. It’s been out for a few rejections but nowhere near enough rejections to count as really being shopped around. I did pitch it a writer’s conference and sent in the full. The response was “love the premise” and something about in this market, it wasn’t right to represent it. That might mean she thought it would take too much revision/handholding or it might mean as a stand-alone novel it didn’t offer enough return on time. From her questions during the pitch, I tend to think it was the latter but maybe it’s both.
So what do with it? Sending it to 50 agents without some better idea of its quality doesn’t really appeal. So I’m going try to find some dedicated readers on critters.org and see what they think. If the feedback is reasonably encouraging, I’ll probably revise it after the first draft of my current project is complete. It would be good to wait longer before draft 2 anyway. Then, I may run it through Kirkus Indie reviews. If I get a good review, I can use it to help hook an agent or market for self-pub. Or may just send it out on its own.
Just some musing… happy to hear any comments or thoughts.