Over. No dice. I did not find an agent for my book. Which is okay. I knew it was a long shot. I need to remind myself that this rejection is not a reflection of my work. It’s a reflection of the book’s marketability. I heard, over and over, that while this work is important, it’s too niche of a market. Still, I’m glad that I tried this route first.
What’s next? I will try approaching small publishers directly. I think I have a better shot at that. But, if that doesn’t pan out, I will self publish. In that case, I think the people who need the book will find it, and that’s really the most important thing to me. I wrote the book that I wanted when Corey was diagnosed with tricuspid atresia. But let’s face it, Corey has a rare defect, and (thankfully) there aren’t a lot of people walking in my shoes.
However, having said all of that, I still feel that CHD awareness is important. Extremely important. There are so many people who have no idea what it means to have a child with CHD. If you say, “My child has cancer,” everyone understands you immediately. If you say, “My child has a congenital heart defect,” many people look at you like you’ve got three heads.
So I thought about ways in which I might reach a wider audience. And I think I’ve found a solution. Fiction! I’m writing a novel about a woman with a heart child. I’m about 2/3 of the way finished, and I’m hoping that, if it’s good enough, it will reach that wider audience that I am striving for.
Wish me luck….
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That is such a great idea! You are absolutely right, this is a great way to spread awareness. I can’t wait to read it!
Best of luck with your book. I know I will read it and encourage others to do the same.
Thanks so much, Jen & Jenny!
That is a fantastic idea, Jen. You are amazing!
Thanks Susan. 🙂
You know of course the best fiction is always based on real life! A lesson I learned a long time ago from Jo March in Little Women. I am a little jealous that you have that much finished. It takes me forever!!:)
Jean – you are the best cheerleader. 🙂 We’ll see how you feel when I bring you my manuscript one day and ask you to read it.