CALL ME CRAZY, BUT …
For the past three months, my third novel, The Custer Conspiracy, has been circulating among the NY Literati looking for an agent. To date, I have received five requests to see the entire manuscript seeded between thirty-three outright rejections.
Even though I think The Custer Conspiracy is worthy of a mainstream publishing house, I’m not surprised at the level of disinterest. I understand the book business pretty well (I think), and can appreciate the pressures the agent class is under when trying to select books the ordinary reader (you and me) will be allowed to read.
But when you realize those same pressures caused them to whiff on Tom Clancy, Steve Coonts, Sue Grafton, Vince Flynn, J.K. Rowling; E.L James; K.A. Tucker; James Redfield; David Chilton and Lisa Genova (to name but a few), I can see them whiffing on me. And let me tell you, that pisses me off.
Call me crazy, but …
I’m thinking of starting an on-line bookstore (soon-to-be indieauthorsguildbookstore.com) that would make available to all of us who aren’t NY agents the works of the three, four or five hundred best Indie authors out there (covering all genres).
I know these indie authors’ works are already available on Amazon, so why, you ask, would I (or anyone) think of starting a “rival” bookstore?
Call me crazy, but …
I’m personally not fond of having to rifle through approximately 10 million books on Amazon to find that one “nugget”, (The Custer Conspiracy, for example).
I’m thinking about launching the “bookstore” in the fall, and am looking for feedback from you … the indie authors I want to promote and the readers who want to discover the new Tom Clancy or J.K. Rowling or K.A. Tucker, et al.
I would appreciate your thoughts in the comments below.
Strength in Numbers.
My latest suspense novel, The Custer Conspiracy, is in New York seeking an agent. While it makes its rounds, I’d like to offer you a free preview. Sign up as a “follower” of my blog and I’ll send you the 1st chapter for free. I would love to hear your feedback. A quick summary:
Within a week of his uncovering the secret that General George Armstrong Custer did not die at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, history professor Matt Conroy was lying in a morgue with the back of his head blown off.
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