Like a sailboat tacking obliquely through opaque mists with little to guide the course beyond hope and blind faith, my third novel,Mourning Dove, will be released at the end of June. It has been unequivocally the most roundabout way to publication I’ve ever heard of, and therefore I want to share my story. Let this serve as a case in point for keeping the faith on the road to publication.
To begin my story, I must digress.
Because I made no leeway as I shopped my first completed manuscript, with no joy from agents after nine months of querying, I decided to cease all effort and write another book I thought might be an easier sell. My thinking was if I could get one novel published, it would recommend the other.
The one I had completed was a first-person account of a single, American female who leaves the…
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