Gender Chasm is completed, thanks to Nanowrimo. I have edited it for content and sent it to beta readers for feedback on any plot confusion. When it comes back I will run it through AutoCrit again to smooth out any repetition and make better choices.
So now I sit back and relax.
It is time for me to research potential publishers. This is my first foray into the Writer’s Market and I am fascinated. In 80 pages, I have gathered 27 initial potential publishers which I am sure will diminish upon further scrutiny.
Have you ever selected a book because you trusted the publisher? I think I might from now on. If you have a genre you enjoy, there is a certainly a book maker who specializes in it.
Here are some comments from what book publishers are seeking:
“Canadian authors only”
“Midwestern authors in a Midwestern setting”
“Hispanic literary creativity”
“LGBTQ-focused works only”
“targeting modern women”
“ask probing questions about the world around us”
“dark, edgy books”
“responds in 6-18 months if interested”
“include publishing history in query letter”
“a true literary marauder”
“does not consider erotica”
“as long as the romance element is strong”
“online submissions only”
“Do not fax or e-mail queries or mss”
I must confess, reading their desires left me wishing I had something in their niche (add a vampire, take out the sex, change my citizenship). However, I am proud of my work and will instead find a place comfortable with producing and marketing my type of novel.