I See the Light!
I’m sure most of you know the RWA National Conference took place in NYC (no flight for me this year, yay!) at the end of June. As always it was a grueling, eyeopening, wonderful experience, made even more so by the friends I had to share it with. Nothing helps ya get to know a person or people better than sharing a bottle of wine over dinner.
Okay, enough about my sordid evenings in NY with my fellow writers. It’s time to talk business. Nationals this year was not too far from the norm: Dark paranormals, Y/A everything, historicals, some steampunk, all have to be fresh or have a new twist. But one genre stood out; small town contemporaries and/or set in a series.
I had a meeting with an editor from HQN books. I had my pitch ready, knew all my characters conflicts, internal and external as well as the zany plot. She was, of course, very nice and welcoming. She asked me questions, I had all the answers. I fully expected to hear. “Wow, send me a partial!”
Well, I didn’t.
Wait, what? I thought they always asked for a partial, if for no other reason than to get you out of the chair without throwing a hissy-fit. I’m here to tell you, they don’t. So if you did get a request, don’t take it lightly.
Was I upset? Honestly, no. Surprised, for sure. I’d never not been asked for a partial before and I didn’t expect this time to be different. But I had to appreciate her being straight up and honest. Plus, she gave me some wonderful suggestions for revisions. Can you guess? Yup, small town.
A light went on. A small town series? I love it! So guess what I’ll be doing over the next few weeks.
So, here’s my dilemma. This editor really liked the plot and my conflicts and suggested the small town revision. Should I send a partial to her once this book is revised? Start with a query? (HQN only accepts agented submissions, but will read a query from a non-agented writer) Obsess over this until small towns are out?
If you have any pearls of wisdom, a memorable pitching story or any suggestions on writing small town and series, please share! Because no wants me curled up in a corner with unanswered questions running around in my head.