What’s Happening With the ‘Agnes Book’?

A few of you have inquired about the status of my children’s picture book. Thank you for remembering after all this time!

I am still plugging away. And nearly two years since I completed the manuscript. Crazy, right? Time flies when you get engaged, then married, and you’re having fun.

You’re probably thinking when do you throw in the towel and give up?

I don’t plan on doing this anytime soon. I’m trying to exhaust every avenue I can before I go the self-publishing route (which I may end up doing at some point). The thought of possibly having to find an illustrator seems a bit daunting. If anyone knows someone who’s a great artist, please let me know. Though when submitting queries for a picture book, I have read publishers match you with an artist; it is strongly advised to NOT go in with a joint text/art submission.

There are countless agents who handle children’s picture books. And while that’s been my primary focus (it’s an advantage as most publishing houses don’t accept unsolicited/un-agented material), I have found a few smaller, lesser known publishing houses that I plan on sending the book to.

I’ve received a few friendly rejection letters:

“Charming story, but we’re not sure how we’d market it.”

“Unfortunately, The Crooked Tale of Agnes B. is not quite right for us, so I am going to pass. ย Given how subjective this business is, I am sure there are others who will feel differently. ย Best of luck as you continue to make those connections.”

“It’s beautiful but so far I’ve had no luck with children’s books.”

The latest, which I received this weekend as a surprise (after two months of not hearing from someone you assume it’s a no go) gave me a glimmer of hope:

“Thank you for sharing your work with me. Right now my list is full but I invite you to query back in two months. Thanks for thinking of me.”

I’ll take it!

So that’s where we are.

My 75-pound lapdog under my desk won’t let me give up just yet. Either will MainMan.

Here’s a fun list of famous author rejection letters. When I read these, or hear about another famous author’s bout with rejection, I find it encouraging. I’m no Gertrude Stein, but I think I have something here and I’m waiting for someone else to agree.


There are 3 comments

  1. Monica

    i definitely have thought about it. and i’m wondering what the track record is for pitching books as an american author to different countries/agencies. thought about a couple of agencies in the uk but haven’t looked at any in canada yet. i LOOVE crystal’s stuff. that’s amazing!! i’m bookmarking just in case. thank you for sharing, danica. so awesome!


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