You did what?!

Whoa. It’s been a while since I posted. My only excuse is that I’ve been down a writer’s rabbit hole, and am only now popping up to see the light!
Here’s a brief rundown of the crazy events of the past few weeks. My last post talked about the pitch contest I entered, and why I’m a fan of such events. Well, that contest led to an agent request, which was exciting! Then I decided to play along with a twitter pitch contest running a few days later, put on by the same creative minds behind the Pitch Madness contest. THAT led to a small press publisher partial request!

And here’s where things went crazy.

 

That small press pub partial request (query and the first 25 pages of the manuscript) turned into a full request (!) … and a few days later, an offer of publication.

This. Was. Exciting. Like, really (REALLY) exciting. I was in Florida on vacay with the family, trying to sort out what I wanted to do. If I took the offer it meant my book could be in the hands of readers (or rather, on the screen of their e-readers, as it was a digital only press) by the end of 2013. Now small press publishing hadn’t been something I’d considered before. I have been set on the idea of getting an agent first. I really believe in the partnership of agent-author, and that felt like the right path for me.

But to be published by year end? Tempting …

However, there were some challenges with the offer, including editorial changes I wasn’t sure about. Contracts can be tricky and sticky, and I didn’t love the idea of slugging through that process on my own.

So I did what some lovely writer friends advised and sent notification of the offer to the agents I had queried. There weren’t that many of them, because I had only sent out a handful of queries before this all happened, but I ended up with eight agents reading my full manuscript by the end of the week.

To make a long story short (although I suspect it’s too late now, because this story is already long…), by the deadline I had one agent who offered representation and the publication offer on the table. I very carefully considered both offers, and then turned them down.

Many may think this was a crazy decision. Isn’t that exactly what I wanted, after all? Well, yes, but it wasn’t that simple. Through the passing agents’ feedback I got a good handle on what’s really working in my story — plenty of compliments on my writing and the ‘freshness’ of my premise and concept. However, I also sorted out what wasn’t working … and I wanted a chance to fix that on my own first. In truth, while both were GOOD offers, neither was the right fit for me … or my book — for reasons that aren’t important to mention here. But in my gut I knew I had to take a step back and start anew. So that’s what I did.

I have no regrets about my decision, even when I’m struggling through my revisions and feeling like I may never get it all done. Writing is like anything else — if your heart, head, and gut are not aligned, you need to reevaluate what you’re doing. That has never let me down before, and I’m confident it won’t this time either.

Off I go back down my rabbit hole again … see you when I see you …

 

 

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14 comments

  • Ifeoma April 24, 2013  

    It really takes some inner strength to do that….Good luck!

  • Karma, this is just so cool and impressive and I think it says a lot about how serious you are as a writer. I can’t wait for the day when the perfect agent will come along for you!

  • Karma April 24, 2013  

    Thanks, Juliana! I really appreciate that. And I can’t wait either! LOL : )

  • Karma April 24, 2013  

    Thanks so much!

  • Shash April 24, 2013  

    Our gut is amazing at telling us which is the right path for us to take. 🙂 The right one will come, at the right time and it will knock your socks off!! Congratulations, I think it’s all very fantastically awesome.

  • Karma April 24, 2013  

    Thank you! Means a lot : )

  • Kathy April 24, 2013  

    The hardest decisions are usually the right ones, especially when you’re listening to your gut. And, I think it’s great that you took a step back and are doing it on your own terms. Congratulations on the interest and the offers – think of how great they’ll be once you’ve made the edits! I can’t wait to read your book once it’s published!

  • Karma April 24, 2013  

    Thanks so much, Kathy!

  • Louise April 24, 2013  

    You are a writer-warrior and an amazing example for the rest of us. xo

  • Nadine April 24, 2013  

    Wow lady! That took some serous strength I can’t wait to read what happens next.

  • Katja April 26, 2013  

    The right opportunity will present itself. You are an inspiration.
    PS. I’ve watched that Homer gif far too many times for a grown woman.

  • Karma April 26, 2013  

    Merci : ) And I meant to warn you about the gifs!

  • Karma April 28, 2013  

    Thanks, Nadine! Me too : )

  • Karma April 28, 2013  

    You are far too kind, Louise ; ) Thank you!

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