Alright, so here I am starting over on my goals, and I need your advice. (It’s the first of the year and time to regroup!) Last fall I sent out about 15 agent queries for my middle grade Native American novel. I started with it, over my other writing, because it won second place in the State of Utah writing contest for children. I thought that would help sell an agent on it. I got several nice rejections, but many of the agencies have a no-response policy and I heard nothing.
The agents who did reply said they didn’t think they could sell the story about a Native American boy in the desert southwest. I can see their point. In this day and age of fantasy, science fiction and werewolves, an Indian story is not at the top of the selling lists.
So, I have a couple of questions for you.
1. What should I query next? A middle grade WWII ghost story? (I know it sounds weird, but it’s really pretty good.) I also have some easy readers and a couple of picture books that have won League of Utah writer contests. Maybe I ought to give up on these stories and write a werewolf one, but I’m just not into that.
2. Is it in poor taste to query agents who didn’t respond to my last query or should I stick to other agents?
Thanks in advance for your suggestions. I really don’t know what to do. I am really looking forward to Clint Johnson’s publication workshop at LDS Storymakers, but I may not wait for his answers. I’ll take your advice and keep on ‘truckin.’