The Waiting Game
Like my cats are here, I'm now in wait mode. They're waiting for birds, but I'm waiting for birds of a totally different feather. I've sent off my partials and my queries, so now I wait to hear back. I've heard from a few so far who just don't know a good thing when they see it. Ha! Just kidding. I totally get why one agent might love something while another is turned off by the whole concept. I did get a form "no" from an agent I really hoped would ask for a partial. Sigh. That's just how it goes. Onward and upward…
So while I'm waiting, I keep networking and staying informed of the market. I recently joined Absolute Write, and the forums there are a great way to stay in the industry loop. I also subscribe to Publisher's Marketplace, which is an excellent marketing tool.
With PM, for just $20 a month, I'm able to read all the daily deals to find out who's selling what to who. I even learned of a new agent who represents the fantasy genre that I'd never heard of at Agent Query or QueryTracker.net, so I made a note to add her to my query list if I need to. Another thing that's great about PM is that reading all the deals tells me what's selling "now." Looking on bookstore shelves only tells me what sold one to two years ago. Staying as up-to-date as possible on market news is vital for a writer of genre fiction who's looking to get published.
If I had the time, I'd subscribe to Publisher's Weekly, too. But I wouldn't be able to keep up with it. Plus, I'm only focused on one genre. There are other resources out there that can give me the same if not similar information.
Do you have a favorite marketing tool? Please share if you do.