The last time I mentioned Rooted in the Sky and my efforts to get it independently published,* I had submitted it to Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill and Ashland Creek Press. We’re still waiting to hear back from Ashland, but Claire recently opened her mailbox to find a form rejection letter from Algonquin.
I’m not worried though. Rejection is inevitable. In the meantime, Rooted in the Sky has been submitted to:
Unbridled Books: estimated 10-week wait
Soft Skull Press: estimated 29-week wait
Graywolf Press: estimated 12 to 24-week wait
Elixir Press (2012 Fiction Award): Unknown wait time
Being a writer requires so.much.patience. The only thing to do is to keep busy by simultaneously submitting it to a slew of other publishers.
*Remember, when I say “independent publishing,” I’m not talking about self-publishing a book, but rather having a book published by an independent publisher. There’s a huge crowd of very respectable, smaller “independent” publishers who do all the publishing and distribution work, free of charge, and provide (small) advances and respectable royalties rates. It’s a mini version of getting published with one of the Big 6, without a literary agent acting as the go-between.