MARIELENA ZUNIGA: PREPARING TO PITCH
For all writers who’ve been there — and still are — you understand what I mean. While I hate to use a battle analogy, I’m preparing myself to be lambasted by the inevitable rejections, ergo, the armor. Emotional protection from a very vested interest of work and time.
My sister-writers in this blog recently have experienced a severe bout of rejections. On a personal level — as a friend and reader — I can tell you their books are amazing. On a professional and unbiased level, I can tell you their books are so worthy of publication. Their characters are compelling and well-rounded; their stories captivating.
And yet, agents offered the familiar mantra, the one I received countless times when “Deadly Habits” was roundly rejected: It wasn’t what they were looking for. It didn’t, in essence, knock their socks off.
So what are agents looking for? Obviously great writing and good stories. We’ve got that in spades. But as one of my sister-bloggers said, until the publishing industry gets over its current love affair with vampires, perhaps our characters should all have fangs.
In my heart of hearts, however, I’m not going to compromise. In fact, my next book does come from the heart. While it details the day-to-day adventures and struggles of a young girl growing up in Texas, it does have a metaphysical spin with other-worldly connections. Did I write it that way to make it “different?” No. That wasn’t my intent. But if that appeals to agents, all the better.
At this point, all I can do is go forward with my own personal three “P’s” — passion, persistence and professionalism. And I’ll do all that as I brace for the final “P” — pitching. So here I go, full body armor at the ready. Wish me luck, folks.