I’ve sent out 26 queries so far, and received 8 rejections. Most of them are form rejections, but the few that aren’t are telling me that rhyming picture books are an impossible sell right now.
I’m having a little bit of tough time with researching agents, because a lot of them say they handle “children’s books” but this doesn’t necessarily mean that they handle picture books. When I research an agent, I look at the Writer’s Digest, Jeff Harmon’s Guide to Literary Agents, the agent’s website, querytracker.com and agentquery.com. Do you know of any other places that I might be able to find out who does picture books? Oh, duh, I have a Guide to Literary Agents sitting right here.
I’m also having trouble focusing and sticking to one task at a time. For example, I’ve recently dusted off the first draft of a young adult novel I started 10 years ago. And I’m thinking, “Hmmm, let me give it a go and see what happens.” Maybe I should give myself some sort of schedule. Like — Monday, query for picture book; Tuesday, work on draft of YA novel; Wednesday, edit nonfiction book proposal. Or should I just stick to one project? Thoughts?
I’m way, way off Broadway, over at skirt!