Short-lived Euphoria

Last week I finished a first draft of my manuscript and printed out a full copy with a title page and table of contents.  It certainly looked professional.  I was thrilled.  I dropped it off at a friend’s for a final read-through for comments, edits, etc. before I distribute it to friends who have volunteered to be “readers.”  It had taken a few years to get to this point and there were times when I thought it would never come together.

Next step, finding an agent who will be as excited as I am about others reading my memoir.   I don’t know any agents and finding one, I have come to realize, is no easy task.  Apparently, literary agents are bombarded with hundreds of queries daily and there are thousands of agents.  I had been doing some research on the subject, have gone to a few workshops.  Following the advice from those and the research have left me stymied.  No leads.  Hence, the short lived euphoria.

I am asking for your help.  If you know anyone who knows anyone or might know of someone who knows anyone, who might be interested in my memoir, please help me out.  In case you’ve forgotten, here is a synopsis:

Choices: Surviving War, Keeping Secrets, Finding Love, a Memoir,” tells the story of how critical and courageous choices made by my mother and mother-in-law during and after World War II profoundly shaped my life. By my mother’s shame and by keeping a devastating secret, she protected me, but cost me the most precious opportunity. My mother-in-law’s cunning in evading Nazis in Poland, allowed me to meet a young boy, with deep blue eyes, in Atlantic City in 1965.  He still looks lovingly at me with those blue eyes.  How this all happened, what choices I too made along the way, what fortunate and unfortunate events created my life, I share candidly with wonder and pride.

Thanks for following my blog and for your help.

6 thoughts on “Short-lived Euphoria

  1. Anne, You’ve come this far, I’m sure in “agent land” there is someone out there who will find a way to get your Memoir on the market. Keep the faith….I look forward to seeing you on the New York Times best seller list! I can’t wait to tell people that I know and admire this wonderful author!!!Linda

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  2. Ann

    I understand from other writers that getting an agent is difficult. Writing a synopsis and query letter is an art form in itself.

    Sometimes agents are at writing conferences and they will schedule short interviews with authors.

    There are some small, new publishing houses that will read and publish manuscripts without an agent. I have a list that I will send you by email. One word of warning … the response intervals of publishers is maddeningly long.

    There is also a small publisher in Madison (at least his office WAS on Waverly Place) who might be interested. He likes to publish “literary” works, so he wasn’t interested in my manuscript. He will give a quote for soup-to-nuts services for publishing under a subsidiary imprint (editing, formatting, cover design, printing, marketing) which amounts to vanity publishing. The cover design and marketing may make it worthwhile.

    I decided to go the self-publishing route since, at the speed at which I work, I didn’t think I’d live long enough to see anything published.

    Good Luck Jim

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