Yep. Going to do it.
The first round of queries snagged no agents. Seems like a bummer, but the good/weird/bad news is that while I had no agents interested, the response to the pages/chapters I sent was wonderful. Everyone seemed to love the voice I wrote the story in. They loved the set up and the non-cliche type opening… So why no bites? I don’t know anything outside of, “It’s not what I’m looking for at this time.”*
So here I am… Agentless. Thinking. Probably thinking way too much. So many options… What am I going to do with this story?
Well, I have decided to revert to an older, yet better draft. I was told by the agents themselves that doing so would be a big no-no. But, I was also told by these same agents don’t give a flip about word count. The higher word count story made for a much better story overall. And I have only ever wanted to put out an excellent story with surprises and twists (although, that has yet to be determined outside of my two person consensus) and just a nice fun, light, dramedy. (Drama/Comedy) To do less would be so wrong…
After I finish the newest story–my fifth novel–I’m going to go through page by page and make the draft the best combination of the wordy and the pared down and then I will requery for that one. If it doesn’t work from there, I will requery again and add in some smaller publishing houses. I’ll just keep at it until it’s picked up. I know in my heart that this is the right course. I’m determined like that.
*note: generic phrase of mine, not a direct quote from any agent.