Hey guys, just wanted to keep you posted on how things are progressing on the “Get Galebound Published” front!
As as now, I’ve queried seven agents and got two rejections back, and I’m moving forward with querying more. I had paused for most of this month since I applied for Author Mentor Match, but at this point I doubt I’ve been selected for it. I might get some minor feedback from the mentors I submitted to, but they’re not required to provide any to non-selections (and a part of me hopes any feedback is “you’re ready to query! Good luck!”).
Speaking of, I also went through a consultation with an agent at the Manuscript Academy. I paid for an appointment with Em Lysaght and it was really good! I already had an idea of a small change that would help strengthen the prologue and her feedback confirmed my suspicions. She also gave me feedback on strengthening my query letter (which she said was already decent :D), which I’ve implemented and now I’m just letting it sit before one last proofread.
She also said that, as a debut author, the length of the novel is a little intimidating and I might consider splitting it up. I’m stewing on that thought. My resistance is because that would make for two very short books and I’m generally averse to adding anything to pad them out. What might happen is, if traditional publishing doesn’t work out for Galebound, it might for Daemonborne since I’m anticipating that one being shorter. We’ll see ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
So, I’m still on the fence about traditional vs self pub and the response I get from agents going forward is likely what’s going to dictate which I go with. I’m still leaning ever so slightly in the self-pub direction because I have an itch to control most of the process.
Either way, I’m aiming to have the decision made on that front in late summer at the absolute latest. In the meantime, I’m working on fleshing out my outline for Daemonborne. Hoping to have something to share with y’all on that soon!
Thank you again for your support <3