What became of “The Masterpiece?”

April 18, 2011
 The Masterpiece was finished long ago. I submitted it to the same publisher as “The Angel’s Song” about a year later and they accepted it for publication. It recieved an O for outstanding, and the readers added two plusses for emphasis. I was tickled of course, but after two years of waiting to release it statigically, Granite said policy required that I officially resubmit (they had a two-year hold limit) and by then I was pretty disenchanted with their operation. I retrieved it from them and I have not submitted it elsewhere since. I recently re-edited it and have queried a couple of agents about it. I am also contemplating self-publishing it the first part of next year. Those who have read it nag me all the time to stop fooling with the light reading and publish what they consider to be my true “masterpiece”. Hence the dithering about how to produce it.
   I am actively seeking an agent for ‘That Thy Days May Be Long’ which is also a full length historical fiction novel (about 110,000 words). I’m very pleased with the way it turned out. . .even if I do say so myself. Only a few have read it and response has been very positive. Ideally, I’ll hook a publisher that will do so well with “That Thy Day’s May Be Long” that they’ll be eager to publish the Christian historical fiction novel, “The Masterpiece” (with it’s narrower market).
  I would love some readers’ input on this decision.

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  • Reply Rob and Marseille April 19, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I can't wait for 'That thy days may be long' to be published! And I can't wait to read 'The Masterpiece'! (even if I have to wait for it to be published)

  • Reply Lori April 29, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I like the idea of getting in with an agent or publisher for your first novel and then following up with The Masterpiece. I know that there are options for self-publishing, but I don't hear very positive things about them.
    Part of the problem is that it puts you in the position of being the marketer, which is very difficult. Publishers have so many more connections and opportunities for visibility (through conferences/catalogs/publishers'weekly,etc.)
    Whatever you do, I wish you the best!!!! Lori

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