An Alternative Approach

As my blog entries for the past nearly two months have indicated, I have been endeavoring to secure an agent.  I knew that if I wanted any success with the big publishing houses, this was to be the only real access into that world.  But there are smaller presses, independents who may not be able to provide a big advance (or any) and may not be able to provide a multiple book deal.  However, they are legitimate and they are viable.

I started by considering writers who were more closely attuned to Chuck Palahniuk, author of “Fight Club”.  (By the way, I already checked and his agent does not accept unsolicited queries.  Rats!)  I did a general search for “AUTHORS WHO WRITE LIKE CHUCK PALAHNIUK” and got several links from which I got several names.

The first one on the list was Carlton Mellick III.  His writing falls into the category of Bizarro Fiction.  From reviewing his work on Amazon, I found out that he had been published by Eraserhead Press.  I looked them up and they had submission guidelines.  I got back a very nice response that my work sounded interesting but at present they were seeking novellas between 15,000 to 30,000 words.


I got to it.  From June 9 through June 11 I wrote a 16,500 word novel entitled MALFEASANCE.  My wife (my editor if you read an earlier post) read it on the way down to the lake that weekend.  From June 14 through June 16, I edited, re-wrote, modified, etc.  She re-read it, this time with her red pen.  (Yes, the dreaded red pen.)  I fixed those nasty mistakes and replied to the original reply.

We’re waiting to see what Kevin Donihe from Eraserhead Press thinks now.  The bottom line is that for a period of about a little over a week, I felt like an Old School pulp fiction writer, cranking out a nasty piece of mystery/crime evil-doings and being proud that I could.

I’ve recently read Jennifer Neri’s post about reading literary fiction most recently after the birth of her child.  I would guess that the circumstances in our lives will often dictate what we read rather than it being a conscious decision.  Our mood and our temperament draw us into a direction.

All I can suggest is to go wherever your mood takes you.  You may wind up unlocking a creative vein long hidden away.


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