Thursday, June 25, 2015


Is it time to get excited yet? Just got this email from my potential publisher:


"Limitless Publishing would like to request the full manuscript for Bridgetown High. Please send at your earliest convenience.

"Thank you,"

Not holding my breath just yet, but it's getting difficult to not hyperventilate.
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Paul West is a freelance writer and novelist. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Paul claims to be a "Prune Picker," though he now makes his home in Taylorsville, Utah.

You can follower him on Twitter: @PaulWWest

Published: Thursday, June 25, 2015

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As part of my new marketing effort, I've gained a few more followers to my Facebook page. One of my new friends is an old friend from high school. She is friends with a published author and gave me the author's name and Facebook address.

I contacted this author and after reviewing my novel she referred me to her publisher, Limitless Publishing. I sent them a query letter, along with the first 4 chapters. They wrote back the next day, telling me she would send my novel up the line to the submissions team.

So, should I get excited yet? I need all your opinions (all 1 or 2 of you). As of two weeks ago, the publisher hasn't rejected me - at least not yet and promised to get back to me. What do y'all think?
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I've been sending out tons of query letters, re-written query letters, and re-re-written, etc. query letters all to no avail. It seems most literary agents prefer to represent fantasy and science fiction rather than a more serious novel set in the mid-1960s. I can understand that. There probably isn't a lot of demand for such novels, yet. But I've seen some best-selling, award winning young adult novels set in the 1950s.

I think a lot of agents' reluctance is that they don't think there's a market for my novel. Thus, I'm starting an undertaking of a new tact. Even though my novel isn't published (it could be if I wanted to self-publish it) I need to start marketing it throughout the literary world. Therefore, this post to my blog will be the beginning of my new marketing effort. I need to make my presence known to as many people, including writers, readers, literary agents, publishers, etc., as I can.

So, how am I doing? Are you (all 1 or 2 of you) actually reading this? What do you think of my plan? Do you have any suggestions?
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