For two years I spent most of my time writing and revising manuscripts two novels, The Cassandra Cookbook and The Temptation of John Haynes. In spite of positive comments from literary agents about the premise, the writing and the storytelling, neither got an offer of representation after over 500 submissions for both. With 2006 coming to a close I’m looking forward to going into the 2007 fresh. I’m going to print these two manuscripts, stick them in a white cardboard box and move on.
Creatively, I believe both books are where they should be. After doing a year of revisions on both, there isn’t much else I can do to polish them any further. Maybe when I save up $750 for each book I’ll publish both of them both Print-on-Demand like I did Isis. This time, I’ll even buy a few extra copies and distribute them to Monroe College Alumni. Contact some Book clubs and send them a few copies to review. Contact some neighborhood Black and Latino Newspapers and offer them a review copy. I’ll even offer some to local bookstores for free and offer returnability on unsold copies.
For 2007, I want to pursue a new book project. I’ve been running some ideas through my head for new stories. I’m pondering doing a romance novel, another Black fantasy novel, and another contemporary Black fiction novel. I may even trying my hand at erotica or do a screenplay from scratch. Counts on how I’m feeling.