In 2013 I parted ways with my last agent. Yes, folks, I’ve had more than one agent. It happens—enthusiasm dies, bites from publishers don’t happen, there isn’t enough communication, and so on. Normally, when an agent and I break up, I’m a mess. It was different this time. During this last breakup, I was very calm and levelheaded. It was a new day and age in publishing. Despite the pitfalls of publishing and the gripes many authors have, there are more options today. One option is the small press. Some small presses are still relatively new, while others have been around for years.
While waiting and waiting and waiting for things to happen in the more traditional route, I had several beta read, polished manuscripts ready to go. They were HOT PINK IN THE CITY (Prizm Books, 2015), THE ATTIC OF SAND AND SECRETS (Featherweight Press, 2014), VITAMINS AND DEATH (Prizm Books, 2014), and SNIP, SNIP REVENGE (Evernight Teen, 2014). I submitted all four of them soon after my agent breakup. While I waited to hear back from small presses, I wrote new things. I won’t bombard you with my list of books, though, since I have other titles coming out this year. You can visit my site for my list.
Some people think that I write like a maniac. Yes, I do, and I’m able to write at least two drafts a year, but the major factor in getting three books published in 2014 was that I had them ready. I’m always working on something. If you’re waiting for one book to be published—whether it takes a year or ten—then you won’t have anything else to submit. No, I kept on writing, whether I was agented or agentless. Also, I was busy submitting. I made a folder of links to small presses and I keep adding to it. Googling, seeing what small presses blog friends are with, and noticing where my book purchases are from all led me to making this folder. I know which publishers will accept submissions for my middle grade, light YA, and dark YA. Because I write in different genres, but not all publishers are open to them, you’ll see that my books are all over the place, although some presses I’ve worked with twice.
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