Today is a special day. I mean super special.
May 19h will be the first day I intend to get my second novel, LAST SHOT, published.
For those of you unaware (most of you), my first novel ROGUE COSMOS drops July 1st! But this post isn’t about that! (There is post about that though!)
LAST SHOT is a standalone science fiction story about Casimir Morales, a criminal hunter that works for the criminal recollection agency called the Interplanetary Bounty Commission. Casimir is good at what he does. He’s damned good. He’s about to retire right after this last bounty. But when something goes terribly wrong, Casimir finds he’s lost everything. When he’s given another chance, a last chance, to go reclaim what he’s lost, he takes it.
There’s just one problem. His last chance to make things right, his last shot is to go after the most wanted man in the solar system—Gideon Masters. So nefarious and diabolical is he, every single hunter that’s tried his or her hand going after Masters has ended up face down in a ditch, or worse. With nothing to lose, Casimir dons his badge and slugthrower again for one final ride through the solar system.
The setting is science fiction, but the themes are very terrestrial and modern. If there’s one important theme I wanted to convey in this entire book, it’s this—reputation. I won’t go into the details, but throughout much of my life I’ve discovered many of my decisions were made based on how perceived reputations were.
This is a good person.
This is a bad person.
I often found out how people were perceived and who they truly were, were very much different things. This is a central tenet in LAST SHOT, and one that I hope seeps of the page. With editing mostly finished, I’ll be shopping LAST SHOT around to potential agents. I hope they’re ready.
If nothing else, I’ll be adding my journey to get LAST SHOT published as another type of blog post I’ll frequently publish as opposed to simply reviewing other books. I’ll comment on how my query letters go, what changes I make, if any, while attempting to give away as little as possible about the book as the agents that are inevitably going to reject me, or in the minimum request a more partial manuscript to read.
Thus far, I’ve queried five agents. Simultaneous submissions aren’t necessarily the best things to do—as dictated by the whims of most agents—but it’s definitely the most practical. As per usual, if an agent e-mails me back inquiring further about LAST SHOT, I may e-mail the other agents and inform them that another agent has picked up interest. This does two things: It shows, in an honest manner, that interest has been piqued about the manuscript, and it lets them know that other agents are indeed looking at it. This may mean they may dismiss the manuscript all at once, or chide them to hurry up and take a look at it that much quicker!
I keep a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet on the agents I’ve queried, the agency they’re with, the date I queried them and the expected date to receive a reply or the implied “no answer” rejection (this part makes me sad!). I’ve limited my query amount to five. If an agent responds in the negative, I’ll mark them off the list and query another agent. This way, I’ll perpetually have my manuscript floating in the e-mail boxes of five different agents.
Chuck Sambuchino, in his GET A LITERARY AGENT comments that this is normal practice—to send your manuscript out to multiple agents at a time—and he actually recommends sending it out to ten agents. I’ve decided to do half that, in the circumstance any of them reject me, but offer insightful feedback in the interim!
Well, that’s all for now.
Bonne journée, mes amis.