Communion Of Dreams


Praise, promise, rejection.
February 28, 2007, 1:28 pm
Filed under: Feedback, General Musings, Promotion, Writing stuff

Several things today. First, I got an email from someone who enjoys my blogging on UTI, and sent along this nice comment:

After you mentioned your novel on UTI a couple of days ago, I went to the linked site thinking, “oh great, I like Jim’s writing on the blog, but a novelist?” It’s wonderful! I’m reading a chapter a night before I go to bed, and I’m having a very good time in your world(s). I could always read more each night, but make myself wait as I’m so busy these days that if I gave up sleep, I could finish everything I have to do in the next three months in about three and half months.

Just wanted to tell you that it’s fine work Jim.

I’ll leave it anonymous for now, though I did invite him to come by and post his thoughts for himself. Or I’ll ID him if he gives permission.

Over the last several days, I’ve been trying to identify and contact likely agents to represent me and Communion. As I mentioned previously, I identified over 60 agents who say they handle Science Fiction, so it is slow going to check out each agency online, see what others have to say about them, decide who looks promising, who to contact and who to pass. So far, I have sent queries to seven agents/agencies, and have already heard back from one. That’s the ‘rejection’ part of the title.

But it was quick, painless, professional – all you can expect in this business, and it left me with no ill feelings whatsoever. Having operated an art gallery for 8 years, I know full well what it is like to be on both sides of this equation, and respect anyone who handles giving out a rejection with a modicum of class.

Oh, hits to the Communion site are running between 350-450 a day right now, with something like 150 or so people deciding to download the novel. Over 1100 downloads, last snapshot of the stats I saw.

Jim Downey


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