AFTER WEEKS of waiting, i am not so pleased to announce that there is only one, yes one, publisher still considering WGMDN.
Having begged my agent for publisher feedback, the general answer from them all is as follows.
"Due to the current climate of the publishing trade, we're looking for something never seen before in terms of both plot and characters, and this novel doesn't quite achieve that".
So there you have it folks. I rather suspect that if i'd written this novel three years ago i would have a deal by now, but them's the breaks.
(Not forgetting the small chance that the final publisher will say yes).
I do, however, wonder what the hell i would have to have my characters and plots turn into in order to succeed, and for the first time in a while i'm really starting to doubt my own talent. I'm not saying that for sympathy, i just really wonder if i'm quite good enough for the market.
Not that i'm going to quit. Hell no! There are still plenty more novels to come, and the one i'm working on hopefully has a different enough plot that it will satisfy the demanding criteria of the current market.
But, as several of my cynical, disillusioned, realistic and very right friends pointed out on here, despite people saying that getting an agent is the hardest part of getting published, that just ain't true any more.
The hardest part of getting published, without a doubt, is getting published...