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Bethany: Dilemma, Dilemma

Remember that small little non-fiction project I’ve had in my closet for about 3 years?  I dug it out from under the virtual bed and have revamped it.  Proposal… done.  Sample chapters (this is the exciting part)… done.  And now I am knee deep into writing my query for agents.


Why am I nervous?  Well, see, I always wanted to go out with my fiction first. And I did.  But my book didn’t sell.  And I lost an agent in the process.  So now I am back at square one.  With a non-fiction book… essays.  Personal memoir-ish essays. And I can go out to query tomorrow.

So tell me, virtual friends, do I go with a new plan?

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  1. What does your gut say?

    Really. That’s how I make all my business decisions, fiction or non. I think it is important to remember that the memoir market is saturated right now – but – memoirs continue to be published. So if your gut says to go ahead with it, then do that. It will let you tease out the strongest marketing language to use in your query, show that you do indeed have a unique idea that will set the work apart.

    If, on the other hand, you are only doing this because you’re frustrated with fiction and you want to try something different, take a hard look at your motivations and make sure you’re not just reacting. You know?

    I hope that makes sense. My brain is slowly liquefying on a steady diet of deadline work. %)

    February 4, 2008
  2. Oh thanks Christa! I should add, this is a VERY specific Memoirish type thing. One so specific, I won’t really call it a memoir in the query. So, well, I think it will sell. It definitely isn’t a reaction–it is something that has been in my head for a long time, I just didn’t have the guts to write it until now (long story, if this book gets purchased, I’ll share the *whole* story sometime). Like I said… 3 years in the making to get it this far. And I write proposals for part of my living.

    Knowing that, I could have written it a long time ago, just chose not to.

    I guess then, my gut is saying GO GO GO! Ha!

    February 4, 2008
  3. jennymomof4 #

    If it is something that has been in your head for three years I’d say then it’s also something you’re compelled to complete or in your head it will remain, taking up space! :O)

    You’ve already done the work of writing a proposal and sample chapters right? And you’re ready to query?

    GO FOR IT!!!!

    Plan schman, you’re this close! Get it out there because *I* want to read it.

    February 4, 2008
  4. I can’t think of a single reason NOT to get your proposal out there–you’ve already done ALL the work! And it’s great to have something out there while you’re working on other projects. I also like to have a list of target agents/publishers so that when something comes back with a rejection, I send it on out to the next name immediately, without even thinking about it. Just business.

    February 5, 2008
  5. Oh you ALL are so sweet and encouraging! 🙂

    [Taking a deep breath]

    Okay, today is the day it is going out into the world.

    EEEK! All right, I’ll keep you posted (this is where the anxiety starts).

    February 5, 2008
  6. Oh, good luck hon!! And who knows, if it lands you an agent, maybe s/he’ll want to see your fiction too!

    February 5, 2008

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