Finding Mulligan didn’t do any better in 2010. I’ll be entering Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award competition with it in January, though.
Agents queried: 15.
- Non-responses: 8
- Query rejections: 7
One of the rejections said this:
I’m afraid it’s not striking a chord with me– dreams/dream worlds aren’t really something I’m drawn to. Further, your protag is a bit old for YA– college is a hard sell to publishers for a YA novel.
Yeah, I’ve heard that before. Hm, maybe this will be a thing someday, though? Who knows.
I also had a phone chat with an agent who seemed kind of interested in my other project, Bad Fairy, but not as much in this book. We ended up talking on the phone kind of as a fluke. One of my editing clients asked if I wanted to talk to his agent, and he had the guy call me. It was a good chat and he said a lot of supportive (and reality-check-oriented) things, but I told him I haven’t started developing Bad Fairy into a trilogy yet, and he never responded to my partial manuscript for this book. Oh well.
I’m going to leave off querying for this thing until I have some better ideas of what to do, but I’m going to try contests.