The Independent Publishing route is pretty fast, from the day of the contract signing to publishing, there is a gap of less than a year. And most of the writers are thrilled that they have bypassed an agent’s hefty commission.
What one writer said to me was, “ there is no guarantee that even after I sign with an agent, that he or she will be able to sell my book. I may have to wait for months and months and then start searching for another agent.”
Another writer said that even after requesting a full manuscript submission at a conference where the writer made her pitch, the said agent took ages to get back with any kind of feedback. By then the writer was so exhausted with the submission process that she just went ahead with the Independent Publishing house which was ready with a contract.
I would love to have an agent represent me and champion my Manuscript to editors, but to be honest the entire query business is wearing me down mentally. I find the long wait is killing me and the silences from most agents more deadly that cyanide. To divert my attention from agents I am working on several projects. Though I stepped on the Query bus just 3 months back, I am getting weary. Maybe deep down I am succumbing to the lure of going the Indie way. The only thing preventing me is that the book I am querying is a standalone book. Most Indie publishers prefer signing a 2 to3 book deal. Standalones are a hardsell at any time.
Another trend I have noticed is that most of my writing friends are going the YA (Young Adult) way. There is a huge market for them. MG (Middle Grade) fiction, which I write is being forced to take the second place.
What do you all feel about the Agent versus the
Publishing Route? What would you all personally
opt for? How much time is right before one gives up on the query process and
starts looking for other alternatives? Please share your views with us?