I heard back from TKA. Unfortunately, they didn’t think my project was right for them at this time. They did however think it was interesting, which I think is a major plus. I sent the first book of my fantasy series. I know the book is short… it’s really a prequel, (Episode 1, if you want to use a Star Wars reference, seeing as how this little sucker has been built in a similar fashion). It stands at about 61k. I considered selling it along with Book 2 (as in they would be one story, in one book, but labeled Book1/Book2), which would mean waiting until Book 2 is done. I don’t really know how long that’s going to take because I’m the slowest writer in the world. I was willing to expand the MS if need be. But I think the wordcount alone scared them off.
Although I think the series is good enough to go to print, I just think lengthwise, it would never make it. Category romances are the only stories usually published that are less than 100k. And they are released by the likes of Harlequin and such. A novel, especially a fantasy novel, has to be over 100k. I knew that before I sent out the query, but I thought, what the hey, right? I guess my hunch was right. I’m a tad bit disappointed, but I completely understand where they’re coming from.
So now I’m left at a bit of an impass. I can’t figure out if I want to try my hand at an e-publisher or just wait until I finish Book 2 and try to sell it again. *shrugs* I don’t really know. I’ve never had to make these kinds of decisions before.
I’ve started work on a story I wrote when I was 18 years old. It’s strange reading back on my old thoughts. The emotion in this story is difficult, almost painful to read. But honestly, I believe it’s my most open, truthful writing to date. It’s beautiful in a tragic kind of way. My grammar is dreadful and the storyline needs work but at least it’s giving me a way to vent my creative energy.