I’ve received my first rejection by an agent for my new novel, ABIGAIL DRAKE (Death of the Whitechapel Vampire). Molly Friedrich turned me down flat. That’s too bad for me. She at least read and had some nice things to say about my first novel, SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE WHITECHAPEL VAMPIRE.
Hopefully, I will have better luck as time goes on. I’ve queried three other agents. If anyone has experience in this and has some pointers for me, I’d appreciate it. My novel was not represented, but got published anyway. But since Sherlock Holmes isn’t in the new novel, they wouldn’t be interested in the sequel.
I’ve been hard at work on the sequel to “Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Vampire” for quite some time now. I’ve come up with a working title of “Death of the Whitechapel Vampire”, but it may not be exactly what you may think…is that a spoiler? You’ll have to wait to find out…
Anyway, the word count is currently 60K+ but I have a lot of unfleshed out pieces…I think my next post I will talk about my writing process…I wonder if anyone is interested…
First, let me say I’m soliciting comments from anyone who might have insight to my character’s problem.
Okay, that may be a bit strong, but one of my characters, Baron Barlucci, has a Twitter account and when he arose from his crypt last found it had been suspended. His crime? Sending “unsolicited” tweets to other twitter accounts. Now you may ask if they were improper, indecent, or just too many of them over and over. I’ve only his word to say no to each of these, but he’s never lied to me before.
It seems recently, in an effort to aid me in my attempt to discover what agents are reading what, he has recently followed several agents, editors and the like. My suspicion is that one of these New York business folk got their ire up at being contacted by a mere character. The baron usually replies with a witty remark on a tweet someone else has posted.
My question is, if the person (and I use that term loosely) who may have found some offense at being ‘tweeted’ on Twitter, why didn’t they simply tweet back a “please don’t tweet me” message. My guess is that they knew how that would look, a word rhyming with ‘itchy’, and thought it would be easier to poison the Baron’s Twitter experience by anonymously. My guess is that they use this spam rule: “If you send large numbers of unsolicited @replies or mentions in an attempt to spam a service or link”. Though he occasionally reference my book and my blog, he does it sparingly so and hey, isn’t the ‘network’ part of social networking?
My belief is that a single user felt they were just too important to be bothered by a fiction character and complained. Now, the baron is contemplating chucking his account.
YOU COMMENTS WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!
Congratulations to the four lucky winners of my book, Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Vampire, from the Goodreads Giveaway. Your books will be on the way shortly; I plan to get them into the mail this weekend (sorry for the delay).
The winners names are:
Thanks for entering and good reading to you all…
Today’s book signing at Warwick’s Books in La Jolla was a roaring success…I completely sold out my supply of books in two hours…I will be adding a new post with pictures tomorrow, or very soon.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SHOWED UP AND ESPECIALLY TO THOSE WHO BOUGHT A BOOK!!!