- am I just submitting to the wrong agents/publishers?
- is the book just not good enough?
- is there just not a market for it?
- is it just a little too weird?
- is there a conspiracy against me purely because I believe in angels?
Well I think the first one could be correct. The most common advice I have received from others is to research those people to whom the work is being submitted. I have tried but perhaps I need to try harder.
Is the book good enough? I believe it is. Call it confidence or arrogance or even misguided but I think it's a great book! As to whether there is a market for it - it has The Beatles, schizophrenia, cricket, alcohol and love all set in the loveliest of English villages. Perhaps I need to get the potential market over more in my submission.
Is Tollesbury Time Forever a little too weird? Probably...
Is there a conspiracy against me due to my angelic beliefs? More than likely...
So where does that leave me? After a short hiatus I intend to submit to more lucky publishers in the new year. I still have plenty of options and am still hopeful because, as I truly believe, Tollesbury Time Forever is a very good book.
In the meantime, I have been working on my latest novel, tentatively entitled "Not Only Birds Have Wings." And yes it is fairly weird too - if you consider a novel about midgets, angels, murderers and pool competitions to be weird...