As I have been working away on my current WiP, PAMR (short for post apocalyptic magic realism–a mouthful, hence the acronym,) I have done a lot of thinking.
First of all, PAMR and Midas, the novel that I am querying are . . . different. Very different. So, a scenario comes to my mind: Renee gets an agent with Midas. Woo hoo!!! Joyous day!! Let’s be idealistic and say that Midas is published. Requisite celebrations follow. Then, Renee’s agent is like, “Next!” Renee delivers her agent a copy of PAMR. Agent’s like, “Uh, no. I don’t represent Sci fi. Besides, this is nothing like Midas, your many fans (again, I’m being idealistic) won’t want to read this.”
Now, obviously I am jumping the gun, but not too badly. I need to make a few choices now. (right?) Here is the thing. I love Midas. I really do. But, I am falling very in love with PAMR. And they are so different, that I worry. Agents talk a lot about finding your brand. And while you can stray a bit once you are an established author, a new author needs to establish themselves a bit in their chosen brand. Not totally jump genres from book one to book two.
The quandary is this. I predict being done with PAMR, and by that I mean ready to send out, by the end of February. So, do I keep sending out Midas queries until PAMR is done? Or do I say, I think PAMR will be stronger, and halt querying Midas right now? Thing is, I’m obviously not sure if PAMR is stronger, since I’m not even done yet, but anyway that’s beside the point.
None of this is all that pressing, since I have put a hold on querying Midas for the holidays anyway. But, come January, I might need to make a choice. (right?) *sigh* I guess I am just trying to sort out my thoughts.