Today I have spent the vast majority of the day sitting in my public library, where I can focus on work away from my laptop. It's not been pleasant. I'm not saying anything bad about the library, more the work itself, since today I've been looking for literary agents.
It's not been going well.
I thought I'd struck gold with the Association of Author Representatives, but no, they're all based in New York. It took me longer than I'd like to admit to realise that.
Disbelief has now been a work in progress for two years, and I've hit a roadblock so firm that I literally can not seem to get over it anymore. I've sent my work out to so many places, but the replies have all been so very similar. Disbelief is classified entirely as 'music'. People don't want to represent an author that writes about music.
There's so much more to it. The music is a vessel, a back drop even, but people don't want to listen to that.
It's hit me fairly hard today that I might not be able to find a market for my work. It's not the best feeling in the world, and I certainly didn't think that Disbelief was likely to let me down. Chances are it's not the fault of Disbelief, but the fault of myself in my method of representation.
Not sure how I can overcome this one, to be honest.
It's a bad time for all business atm, I wouldn't be too hard on yourself. While you might be able to improve on presentation, to blame yourself is ignoring the facts of the situation. I'm not trying to say it's all everybody else's fault and it'll be a walk when somebody realises they've made a mistake or whatever, but if you really want to do this you can't give up now. You say it's been 2 years in the works, we've been in a recession for 3 years.
I hope you keep up with it, if for no other reason than I want to see how the story goes.
(dunno how to do smileys on the profiles, but if it doesn't work you know what it's meant to be)
I've read a bunch of really great stories about music. Armageddon Rag by George R. R. Martin and Spider Kiss by Harlan Ellison are two great examples. Maybe they aren't their most well known, but they were published. I thought they were awesome.
I wonder if your book might be too much about music, or really heavy on the theory, or actually contain musical notation?
We just "met" so to speak, so feel free to completely ignore me and my questions.
Two things I've learned in all my years of storytelling: don't be afraid to rewrite, and don't ever give up.
i'm gonna start by saying i thought how you handled disbelief sucked. i didn't like the 'i'll feed them half a story before i tell them that the second half will cost them' way you handled things, whether or not that was the original plan i don't know but it was a slap in the face.
HAVING SAID THAT
your work is VERY readable and on reading back to earlier stuff, it's clear that you started off with talent and have built on that a LOT. you should definitely look to make some money off this.
so why don't you just try releasing it yourself? now i'm not gonna pretend to know anything at all about the literary world, but i know that in the music biz a lot of people have come a long way thru myspace and youtube and that kinda thing. if you released disbelief an ebook with maybe a hard copy available for more money, i know you'd sell a fair few copies and get to keep pretty much all the profits. and then once your next book happened you could go to a publisher and your figures would speak for themselves.