There I was talking about patience, and receiving nice rejections, and meeting up with great writer friends at Muse, when I got a lead on a new independent publisher looking for literary fiction. I sent the query. They wanted more. I sent my five-page synopsis. They said it sounded interesting. I sent chapters, then the whole manuscript. Then I waited.
Have I mentioned that this is a slow process?
Until it isn't.
They wanted to talk! And two days later, a contract was sent. Seeing the phrase "Monica Duncan, herein the "Author" made everything real.I posted on social media: "It's official: I am humbled and thrilled to have signed on with Crowsnest Books
who will be publishing my debut novel "Twine" in 2019!"
It took me a year to write and edit "Twine." It took another year of writing queries (many, many drafts), researching agents and publishers, writing a synopsis and interpreting the personal and sometimes plain-old form rejections, to get that publishing contract.
Now I am thinking about how my story will take on a life of its own. I hope this book about a hotel maid living in rural Michigan who publicly confronts her family and culture through her true calling as an artist, will inspire conversation. I hope the underlying social commentary will inspire a dialogue.
I think about the supportive writing community I've come to know in a few short years, and hope to pass along the good will, kindness, and support that I have experienced.
I am truly excited and grateful!
I am currently querying agents for my novel, "Twine". I’m encouraged by the positive feedback I've received from agents, but one thing being a musician has taught me: how to handle rejection. One thing that writing is teaching me: patience. So put both of those together, and you’ve got a real party. Writing is slow (even if you’re fast), and the publishing industry is slow, and waiting to hear back from agents, slow. But I’m committed, and ready for that call when it comes.
I am also beginning to submit short stories to magazines and contests.
I am signed up and excited for Muse and the Marketplace 2018!