I’ve completed my third book Funny Australian Letterboxes Edition Two – another amusing collection of unusual Aussie letterboxes with comic captions. I’d rather not self-publish this time. Amazon is great but they let themselves down by inaccurate accounting of sales and not delivering royalties. I hope to secure an Australian Publisher…
But are they interested in novelty humour books?
Today I called twenty Australian literary agents regardless if they requested to be contacted by email first. I have waited three weeks for a response from Literary agents just for an initial query email and I’d like my
rejections – responses today.
I pitched my Funny Aussie Letterboxes 2 and it’s not good news people. Eighteen Literary agents were unable to help me, bemoaning the publishing landscape. Publishing houses are in a difficult situation battling with ebooks and are not interested in novelty books – especially photographic books as they are expensive to produce. Two literary agents would like to see my book… but didn’t feel very enthusiastic about it, so I spent the next five hours, I kid you not, breaking my book into four parts and compressing the files to send electronically. Cyber snails were employed by gmail to deliver emails today. I was doing a lot of Grrrs and what now! and oh for-goodness-sakes as I had to resend the emails several times.
Seven Glorious frustrating hours later I sent off my first two submissions.
I emailed ten other literary agents that I couldn’t get hold of their phone numbers and I have already received two rejections – Best Rejections Ever!
Janet Reid sent me a most encouraging rejection:
Thanks for sending me your query and pages for FUNNY AUSTRALIAN LETTERBOXES.
I regret this one isn’t for me, but I encourage you to query widely. Not being
a fit for my list has nothing to do with the caliber of your work. Think of this
as redirection to more suitable agents, not rejection.
Thanks J, and another goody ~
Hello MJ Cope,
I admire your chutzpah.
No, we are not taking on new work, too busy trying to sell the books we have already.
Good luck with Letterboxes 1.
I have chutzpah… It’s hard to become upset over rejection letter when they are worded so positively.
I’ll continue working through Literary Agents in Australia. England and America and hopefully one… one will be interested – if not, I’m off to score my dream job as a fry cook, flipping burgers at my local hamburger joint.