There comes a time in the life of every author when she realizes that her book will never gain any traction in the self-published world without a lot of time and money spent on marketing. But in my case, I have very little knowledge and no experience in marketing. And since I have been unemployed for five(+) months, I have even less money.
Not to despair... although walking by faith is not for the faint of heart, I can attest to God's faithfulness in providing me with all of my needs -- I'm not even late on my mortgage!!
In fact, being unemployed has it's blessings!! I've actually had time to research and query a few agencies that have represented well-known works--very well-known works. And an even bigger thrill is that I have heard back from two that give me cause to HOPE!!!
Mentioning them by name would be ill-advised, but I am praying that the first one that invited me to send them more material will offer to represent me. They seem to be the best fit regarding genre and they have the experience and connections to put The Knights of Nevertheless on the map! I have been advised that they will make a decision within 6-8 weeks. It's been a little more than three weeks since I received their request for more material with the notice of consideration...
I should have never prayed for patience... I made that mistake over 15 years ago and my whole life has been about waiting... sigh...
Agency #1 actually responded with a request for more within hours of my sending them a query which caused me to shake all over for the rest of the day and well into the next. But after three weeks, I decided to query a few more agencies that my research suggested would also make good matches.
Today I heard back from Agency #2 that I am under consideration and will hear back within seven weeks...
So... what's a girl to do while she waits??? Well, the best blessing in being unemployed is that I finally have time to work on Book Two in earnest!!!
While I hope against hope and wait with something akin to patience... I am also requesting prayer from any who would think upon me. My times are in His hands, and I know that I will only achieve whatever measure of success God has planned for me. But He also encourages believers to seek and ye shall find; ask and ye shall receive; knock and the door shall be opened. We have not because we ask not... I'm not going to make THAT mistake!!
I believe God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask or think. I confess, I've got a pretty big imagination. I'm daring to ask for something HUGE!! I can't wait to see how He answers my prayer.