One of the goals I set out at our July NARWA meeting was to send at least two queries on “Beauty and the Ballplayer.”
Well, it’s still not done, even though the meeting is a week away. What’s stopping me?
It’s ridiculous, really. I keep telling myself (rather stupidly) that if I submit a query now, and they like it (really LIKE it), I won’t be eligible for the Golden Heart.
See? I told you it was ridiculous.
Really. What would be better in the long run? Becoming a published author or entering the Golden Heart again (and potentially not winning a darn thing)?
So first thing Monday morning, I’m sending out those two queries — one directly to Harlequin, since it’s a category novel, and one to an agent who represents such things. (I just need to check my list to see which ones do.)
Have you considered that you may be afraid of the possibility that they won’t like and that would mean your book is not that good? If you did, don’t let it worry you. If you truly believe your book is good, most likely it is.
Go for the Gold! 😉
We both know how slow the publishing world is. No matter how awesome your material, I’m guessing in the two months between now and GH entry time it would be rare to sell. (sigh.)
Plus, it’s not signing with an agent that makes you ineligible. I believe you actually have to sign a contract with an editor. Maybe send both queries just to agents?
Besides, if you send it to Harlequin and it’s rejected, the agent can’t do anything for the category MS and might not sign you since you’ve already submitted to all the avenues…
Best of luck and see you soon!!
You’re right: I probably wouldn’t find out before submission time anyway.
But I didn’t think of that eligibility thing in regards to an agent vs. Harlequin. Maybe i should just submit to agents.