Looking for an Agent

I’ve independently published each of my books so far, and I love doing so, but with My Life As Death I’ve decided to try the traditional publishing route. There are a lot of benefits to indie publishing, and a lot of negative aspects of traditional publishing but I think it will be worth trying at least once.

To start down the traditional publishing route it’s usually recommended that you have an agent, so the first step for me was to research agents. Unfortunately there are a lot of them out there and I have no real connections to the literary world so it was a bit like trying to research insurance or real estate agents for the first time. But I found several agents that looked reputable and successful so I then started researching what I needed to do to query an agent. That’s where I got stuck.

Most of the agents I am interested in request a synopsis of your book. Since I’m writing MLAD without any sort of outline and it’s only a little over 1/2 way done , I can’t say exactly what’s going to happen in the rest of the book. And I get the impression most agents aren’t interested in half of a synopsis, so the agent search is temporarily on hold, and it sucks.

But that is very indicative of my biggest problem with traditional publishing – the waiting. I’m one of those people who likes to multitask and keep moving forward but everything in trad publishing seems to take forever. Complete the book, write query letters and a synopsis, then wait for an agent to agree to represent you. Then query publishers and wait for one to accept you. Then go through rounds of editing, cover design, layout etc…, then wait for it to finally be published. Just writing out the process depresses me because I can’t wait to get this story to the readers. But I’m going to attempt the trad route which means I’m going to have to learn to be comfortable with the slower process. And in the mean time, I still have a couple other nearly finished books that I’ll be able to independently publish.

Writing Update 2/15/19

I’ve had several people email and message me about my books recently. which really makes me feel good. Most of the messages have been asking about the new books, for which I really haven’t done a good job putting any updates out there, so hopefully this will help anyone wondering what’s going on.

The second Mike Locke novel, tentatively titled “Zero Sum” is about 90% done. I love the story and the characters, especially a new one introduced at the very beginning and I planned on having it ready for release before spring. As far along as it is, there’s still a good chance it will be released before summer, but for the past couple weeks just about all my writing time has gone to another project; “My Life As Death: A Grim Beginning”.

I had the idea for My Life As Death a couple years ago but I kept putting off working on it, trying to finish other projects first. Then a few weeks ago I couldn’t put it off any more. I don’t know why I jumped into it, but writing it has gone much smoother and much quicker than almost any other book, besides 23 Hours. The ease of writing it is a big reason I’ve continued to focus on it, but there is also another reason. After self publishing my first three books I’ve decided to explore the traditional publishing route, and most publishers aren’t interested in starting with the second book of a series. I don’t know what it will take to get a traditional publishing contract, or even what it will take to find an agent, but I think My Life As Death will give me the best chance at it. I’ll be doing a quick write up/blurb about it soon, but if I do get a publishing contract for it, then I assume the book won’t be out for quite a while; it’s my understanding that the typical publishing process is 1-2 years. The timing/release schedule is one reason I haven’t pursued traditional publishing in the past, but I really want to give it a shot.

The second Daniel James book is pretty much where it’s been for the past several year, about 25% done. As with the Mike Locke series, I love the characters and story, and there really isn’t any writer’s block preventing me from finishing this book, it’s just been a matter of priority. Writing the Daniel James series (which I tend to refer to as the Aether Chronicles) is a bit more in-depth than any of the others. It requires a lot more planning and research which really slows down the progress so for the time being I have kind of put it on the back burner, though it will continue; Daniel’s got a big future that will eventually come to light.

And as a surprise, I’ve also got another book to announce. As I said before, “just about all my writing time” has gone to My Life As Death. The little bit that hasn’t gone to MLAD has gone to another one titled After the End, the sequel to 23 Hours. Originally 23 Hours was just the start of a 4 part miniseries so I started writing After the End before 23 Hours was even published, but I stopped writing just before finishing it because I felt 23 Hours had the perfect ending. But upon reading it again a couple years later, I decided that the rest of the world should know what happens next. I don’t have an exact publication date for After the End yet, but I will definitely be posting updates here.

So there’s the status on each of the books I’m working on, and with this new site I will be doing much better job keeping you up-to-date with each of them in the future.