|It Looks LIke I May Have a Publisher
||[May. 11th, 2016|08:16 pm]
I see another email in my inbox with subject "re: QUERY--From a Differently Gendered Closet: The Story of Q".
I double-click it to see who the rejection is from so I can dutifully record it in my database of queries.
It starts off:
I really like what I've read so far of your manuscript and would like to offer you a publishing contract if it's still available. We are a digital-first publisher, so first publication would be in ebook form. Our terms are quite generous.
Let me know if you're interested.
Pretty much everything in our contract is negotiable...
I blink a lot.
I have a weary and wary and cynical outlook at this point. I was querying publishers back in 1982 and got an offer to publish and only after reading the fine print realized it was what is called a "vanity press".
This publisher is not a vanity press, I know that much at least. But that doesn't mean this is a done deal and that there aren't any dealbreaker-type "gotchas". But I'm sipping tequila at the moment, oh yes I am.
If it should turn out that this really and truly is IT and I'm going to be published (in a way that counts, etc) then for the record I just crossed the 800-query mark:
The Story of Q--Total Queries = 800
As NonFiction--total queries = 579
As Fiction--total queries = 221
The query that landed this response was sent directly to publisher and billed it as fiction (LGBTQ-Feminist), specifically as a coming-out story, "a 97,000-word coming-of-age (and coming-out) story - set in the 1970s but aimed at today's gender-questioning world."
Further info will be forthcoming. I'll keep you informed.
In other news, I will be presenting my talk again at the EPIC lifestyle conference this weekend! I'll post about that too.
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