My agent has finally sent email proposals to contacts at Allen & Unwin, HarperCollins and a letter submission to Harlequin Teen in New York .
In the email telling me this, Debbie said, ‘Harlequin Teen looks like as good a possibility as any. It is very tough at the moment and demon stories seem to be out of fashion.’
Out of fashion! Sheesh, what a reason to be rejected.
I replied to this by saying ..
‘It might be good to point out, if anyone gives you the chance, that the demons in my story are not based on a western idea of demons with heaven & hell & angel mythology, as other demon stories are. My demons are based on the eastern view of demons as a metaphor for negative emotions. To a reader, the world in the book looks quite different to the world in other demon books.’
Will any of the publishers get so far as to notice that? Or have they all just decided demons are out. They weren’t when I wrote it. In fact I hadn’t even read a book about demons until it was finished. Are readers totally sick of demons? Is the timing just too wrong for someone to publish Lethal Inheritance?
Even if all this is true, I just need a publisher to read it, love it, recognise its potential and convince the rest of their publishing house to publish it. I think it would be perfect for Harlequin Teen, it fits right in with the other kind of titles they’re publishing.
Anyone want to help out by praying that one of these publishers will love it? What else can I do ? These are my last chances at a big publisher.
Are readers sick of demons? I haven’t seen any indication of this, though there’s plenty who say they’re over vampires and there’s still vamp books being published. Is this, ‘out of fashion’ idea just a brush off?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of these questions.