Itís not easy find a publisher! My novel Desert Medicine was returned from Simon & Schuster on April 17, 2001.
My fiction is emotionally honest with a spiritual theme, which probably makes it too Christian for mainstream New York publishers and too earthy for a conservative Christian publisher.
So, my new marketing tactic: target publishers with a wide interest in spiritual issues, ranging from Judaism to Buddhism. On Monday, April 23, I sent out packets to five such publishers and
one agent in South Carolina (where people are more likely to be both earthy and Christian!)
My hopes have been raised again. I received the following email from an editor at HarperSanFrancisco:
My editorial colleague thought I'd like your work and so
passed your teaser of DESERT MEDICINE my way. You've certainly got my attention! I'd love to see the entire manuscript, as well as any other pertinent info.
you may wish to include. I'd
greatly appreciate it if you would send to me at the address below.
Many thanks. I look forward to hearing from you.
I sent the manuscript to HarperSanFrancisco via overnight FedEx on Tuesday, May 1. Itís been almost two weeks, and I havenít heard anything yet.
I feel like an unwilling poster child for perseverance.
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