'Lit-Fic? Oh no!' my prospective agent groaned, 'Don't tell me you see your book as Lit-fic? And 'discontinuous narrative? Pleeeeeeeeeaaaase.' Well, that was how she told me 'thanks, but no thanks' and brushed me off her shoulder like a speck that had missed the 'Head'n'Shoulders' treatment.
It seems, these days, that YA is selling. But all that really means is that it was picked up a year or so ago. That market is saturated. Who are the readers of quality books? I have noticed so many 'non-books' being picked up and adopted as the new darlings of the scene that the definition of something popular eludes me. Women still outnumber men, YA readerships are burgeoning - for now, at least. But what if you are not a Harlequin/YA/Mills & Boon style of writer? Where does a book fit?
I have combed through the massive tomes (both in print and at http://www.writers.net) of agent/publisher listings and came to the conclusion that there are really very few active or independent publishing houses. The small ones are extremely cautious as they can't afford to lose money and the majors are extremely cautious because their shareholders will cane them for losing money.
My book, 'Calandra's Spring', (blatant plug: available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007IX4NI2) is a solo effort - no agents, no publishing house. It is selling at a rate of molasses in mid-winter. Short of aping 'Coupon Suzy' and buying some network commercial time, I don't know what else I can do. I have written to many people to ask them to review the book. The silence is deafening.
I am sure that a lot of you bloggers have great ideas on how to start that viral sweep. Come on! Bernie Madoff's Ponzi schemes took off so darn fast and the viral spread of the pictures of that handsome marathon guy should be our model for publicising our books. Can we help each other? Perhaps a Project Greenlight for books exists? Or for publicity for new books?