Today I came across a post by my good writer friend Anne Riley who is agented and has exhausted all options of submitting her novel to publishers, but she is not losing hope. Sometimes even an agent can't get your book sold. It happens, in fact, it happened to me. But Anne decided not to accept the idea of shelving her novel. She spoke with her agent about self-publishing and guess what? Her agent said go for it!
Why do I think someone self publishing is so wonderful? Because, Anne's book has been thoroughly edited over and over again and it is good, good enough to land an agent. When you get an agent they go through the book with you thoroughly enough that it is highly polished for a publisher. But then it's up to the publishers and they, like agents, are often looking for something specific. Your book can be fabulous and not make it onto their list. Many of the editor (publisher) rejections I received myself were glowing about how they enjoyed the book but it just wasn't right for their lineup at the time. And you know what that means. A lot of really good novels are passed up.
Anne's novel, The Clearing, is one of those novels that is more than good enough for publishers, it just didn't make the cut due to specific wants of the publisher at the time. I hope you'll join me in ordering a copy when it becomes available. This is going to be a fantastic book! You can check out Anne's post on it here.