I found these articles today about selling the novels and thought I’d share them.
First of all, let’s revisit the facts. Last year, more than 560,000 new books were published in the U.S. alone. About half of these were self-published or “print on demand” titles. In addition, industry experts estimate that there are another four million manuscripts completed that have not yet found a publishing home. That’s a lot of competition.http://michaelhyatt.com/2010/01/so-you-can%e2%80%99t-seem-to-land-an-agent%e2%80%94now-what.html
If you want to publish professionally, you may need to step it up a notch and treat it more professionally. That may mean investing more money and time. You’re not going to get free writing advice. You can attend writers conferences and workshops. You can read books about the craft of writing (not just about how to get published). You can look into the possibility of working with an editor to determine the issues in your writing. (Many freelancers offer a “manuscript evaluation” that’s pretty affordable.)http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/2010/01/wake-up-and-smell-coffee.html
I have to agree with both articles, if you’re not getting any bites regarding the guery, then go back to the drawing board. Try to see the query from the agent’s pov. Are you being concise, to the point, showing not telling? Each time I get a rejection, I revamp the query and send it out again. Hang in there and don’t give up. Revamp, revamp, revamp and keep sending it out, perfect the craft of writing. Kitty says Hi!! And feed me!!