Hey friends. Heard back from my agent about my literary book. He loves it, which makes me really happy, because it means I don’t have to go and find a new agent. Some edits, of course, as always, but the upshot is that during 2022 I will for the first time in my life go on submission with a project for adults. This is probably the last I’ll mention about it, because you’re not supposed to talk about going on submission (you don’t want editors to read your blog and be like hmm this book went out two years ago and nobody has bought it yet! It must be a highly undesirable book). Of course in my experience, editors don’t really care that much about who you are as a person, and it’s rare for them to even google you before making an offer on your book, but who knows–one must obey the proprieties.
The real reason to not tell anyone your book is out on submission is because if you tell people then they’ll ask about it, and since most books die on submission, it tends to be pretty depressing to have to say, "Nope, nothing is happening" for a few years.
It’s kind of like this line I once read in a Chuck Palahniuk novel about how the main character had made the mistake of telling her parents she wanted to be a novel, and as punishment they asked her about that ambition every few months for the rest of her life. Or something like that.
I’ve been on submission five times! Thrice for YA novels, twice for middle-grade novels. And that doesn’t even count times I’ve tried to sell a follow-up book to an editor who’d already acquired one book by me. Being on sub is a huge drag. But, honestly, querying agents is worse. When you’re on sub, an agent does all the work for you. And it’s also a process with a defined beginning and a defined end. Eventually you’ll have exhausted all the editors the book could go to and the book will be dead. Whereas with agents, as my own experience shows, you can just keep going and going and going and going–there is no end to the number of times you can rewrite and requery a book. There are always more agents.
In contrast, the moment a book goes on submission it’s more or less dead.
Anyway, so I have revisions to do on this literary book and revisions to do on the YA book, and then…nothing! No more novel projects in hand! Not sure what comes next! Will probably write a novel of some sort