Following a post defining commercial fiction a Snarkling with spurs vents:
But what does one do when one writes literary fiction set in the 19th-century West? Particularly when it would never be published by anyone who does publish Westerns and it also does not easily fit the commerical fiction mode.My problem is that even with what I felt was an excellent query letter - read and approved by three of my more impeccably published (Holt, Random, St. Martins, etc.) friends - each reply simply stated that they do not, under any circumstances, represent... Westerns. Nothing else.Several of them even seemed to take considerable pride in refusing to read the submitted chapters. I might add that of three friend's agents - only one of them would even agree to read it despite their strong recomendations. And then that agent quit her job last week and left for Europe.I do not expect that there is anything you can recommend... other than keep trying. Just venting...
Time to put on your problem solving chapeau, dear Snarkling.
Who best to see the merits of a work about the west, than those IN the West.
First thing I'd do is get out your trusty Guide to Literary Sharks ...err Agents, and start looking up agents based in the West...Nebraska and westward. There are quite of few of them.
I'd look for publishers in the West too. There are lots of them. And if you're so inclined, there's a whole bevy of them assembling in Portland Oregon on 11/19 for the ...Publishers of the West Conference. They even have a trade association.
If you write well enough, someone will see it. And if you get this tome published, Miss Snark wants credit for spurring you on. Yee haw!