It’s been nearly a year since I began submitting Searching For Lady Silky to agents. I’ve had some interest and even sent the full manuscript to a few, but I’m feeling discouraged. A year feels like a long time.
Honestly, I don’t have any real way of knowing if that’s an average time frame or not since it’s my first novel. My guess is that the literary world is in such flux that there are no longer norms for getting a book published, if there ever were.
At one agent’s suggestion, I am paring down with yet another edit. Being the procrastinator that I am, I’ve set myself a goal: to finish this edit by Independence Day 2013. There, I’ve made the commitment. That gives me two months to complete and get it back to the agent.
It makes me wonder about Silky’s goals. As a lady of leisure, hers were far different from mine but I believe everyone has hopes and dreams they strive to achieve. When her marriage to Clark Gable was unraveling, did she set a time limit on how long she’d keep at it?
This week’s post is a promotional shot from the film Across The Great Divide. The cast and crew lived in small cottages during filming in Durango, Colorado and “roughed it.” Silky is so obviously out of her element in this picture, it would be funny if it didn’t foreshadow the failure of her very public marriage to Clark Gable. I can’t make out who is in the framed photograph on the table behind the hotplate, but I can distinctly see a poorly hidden bottle of booze behind it.
I’m feeling particularly lucky to have my dear friend and editor extraordinaire Ruth with me again on this portion of the journey. I don’t know how I’d do it without her. I’m thinking that when it’s complete, a vacation will be in order.