About three weeks ago I lost my muse. I’ve spent the past few days trying to figure out where she went and had been unsuccessful until today. Guess what? She was right here the whole time. I know this because she told me so. Okay, you all think I am crazy, but it is true.
Why did I think my muse was lost? Because after finishing my first novel, “Taming the Heart”, I started my second. I got to the sixth chapter and discovered she was gone. I searched and searched and could not find her because she was still in book one. When I discovered this, I went back to the first book and—for the third time—started the edit and rewrite process. I received a strong impression that I need to get it ready to send off before I can continue with the rest of the three book series.
So . . . now I have been thinking about where to send it. At first I thought the LDS market would be the best place, but with all the rejections slips and news of publishing houses cutting back, I feel the national market would be the best place to start. The very thought of sending my baby out into the world makes me want to toss my cookies. I’ve had butterflies in my stomach for two days now. I don’t know whether to get an agent first or just dive right in and start sending my manuscript to publishers.
The other thing is, if I do get an agent in the national market and then decide to publish something in the LDS market, do I need two agents or will the one I get be able to negotiate both markets? Now the butterflies are in my head. UGH!
I guess I have a lot more research to do out there, but in the mean time . . . my muse has been found, been scolded for hiding from me and is well on her way to making my book a national success.