Over on the website, Financial Samurai (owned by Sam), a recent article was posted about Timothy, one of Sam’s renting tenants. Timothy was a good tenant and paid his rent reliably. While having a conversation with Sam, Timothy mentioned that he was moving back east to New York. Upon further discussion, it was revealed that Timothy got a three book deal with Random House.
Wow, a three book deal with Random House. That’s incredible! To hear of an actual person who got a book deal is music to my ears. Of note is that Timothy was rejected 30 times from literary agents and other publishers. I am an aspiring author. I am in the process of finishing up an over 300 page fiction/fantasy novel with an awesome editor. I too have been rejected numerous times with my queries to literary agents and publishers.
My hope is that I will find a publisher who sees the potential in what I’m writing and I’ll be able to do more books. I have proof that is possible in the form of Timothy. To that I say, thank you Timothy.
I think the biggest hurdle for me to overcome is rejection after rejection. Most literary agents and publishers are looking for something very specific. Think of it as a cookie cutter of a specific shape. If the cookie you want to create does not match the shape, chances are, you will get rejected. For those of you interested, the best website I’ve found for tracking down literary agents is Query Tracker. It’s a free website and has a searchable database of literary agents and publishers. Just know that this is a resource to track people down. It doesn’t guarantee success – I’ve been rejected by many of the literary agents in here :)
In a few months, I’ll have my book ready and we’ll see where it goes. A year and a half of editing and just a couple chapters to go. Wish me luck :)