Once Book One was finished, I thought to myself “Now I will just send it off to a publisher and hope for the best”…not quite. I must have sent two dozen copies of “Adventures” to publishers in the U.S., Canada, England, and Germany and thought that one of them might be the “lucky break”.
It only took about three weeks before I recieved my first reply. I thought “Man, this is easy”, I opened the envelope and began reading. I read about how the publishing company did not accept “unsolicated” material and therefore could not look at the book. A week later I received another letter in the mail saying the same thing, but this one did thank me for thinking of them.? Regardless to say the next ten or twelve said the same thing as the ones before them.
I then thought, “How does the work get to a publishing house?” I found out that first I needed to become a client with any of the many literary agencies and through them, the publishing companies would consider my work. LOL, again, I thought “Oh, well, that’s easy enough”,… wrong again. 🙂
I wrote up a letter describing my first book and made over 50 copies and mailed them to every literary agency I found. This time it took much longer to hear back from the first agency. It was almost two months later when the first reply came in the mailbox. I tore open the envelope and began reading, thinking the best of course. Unfortunantly, the letter was simply a photocopied slip of paper thinking me for the consideration but my story was not what they were looking for.
It was not long that several others arrived in the mailbox and they ranged from telling me that my story was good but just not the right fit for the agency, to simply that the agency could not take on any more clients at that time. At the time, Iwas surprised that out of 50 letters, only 31 replied at all. I would later learn through online groups that some agnecies don’t even read the letters they get in the mail, some even send them right back out in the trash.:(
Through all of this time (around 6 to 8 months) I spent most of my time trying to get Marky, Slash & Levy onto the internet and get more noticed. After 8 months or so, I sat back down at my computer to begin on Book Two. Although due to the layoff from a job I had had for 7 years, I had lost my house and was living in public housing with Jennifer and Lynden. I would not write in the comfort of my own home but rather in an apartment building listening to the neighbors t.v. playing next door.
Still and all, I was more into the series than ever. I was unsure however, how long Book Two would be. “Could I make it close to the pagecount of “Adventures””? Lol, if I had only known:) Caring less about the results of lots of letters (and money for that matter) to publishers and agents, I sat down one night and continued on what would become the 210 page sequel to “Adventures”…….”The Return of Marky, Slash & Levy”…