Having just been rejected by a publisher, following two rejections from agents last month, I am, as you can imagine, feeling a little flat. Yet not because my book has been rejected, believe it or not (I mean JK Rowling apparently had her Harry Potter manuscript rejected 20 times), but because of the reasons being given.
They feel “‘More Love To Give’ is for a very niche audience”; no shit Sherlock! This subject will of course only appeal to a very small audience, though on the positive side, thankfully there are fewer people who will want to read about struggling for a second baby than there are interested in wizards! I can live with a ‘niche, specialist market’ reason. Yet the next two leave me furious and frustrated: “There are very few searches on Amazon for Secondary Infertility” and “another memoir book about Secondary Infertility has only sold 29 copies in 10 years”
I could have told them there will be very few searches for Secondary Infertility on Amazon given I went through four rounds of IVF and wrote a bloody book about it before I realised my situation had a title! I Googled and searched for ‘IVF’, ‘infertility’ and ‘trying for a second baby’. I never searched for Secondary Infertility because it is an area that is so over-looked and has such a stigma attached to it that nobody spoke to me about it, so I never knew where to find specific help – THAT’S WHY I’VE WRITTEN A BOOK TO HELP OTHERS IN THE SAME WILDERNESS!
And as for having my future mapped out based on somebody else’s dismal attempt at writing and selling their poor excuse for a book, well that is just infuriating! 29 copies? Somebody wasn’t doing their job right were they to only sell 29 for goodness sake! Or could it be, that just too little promotion was done to reach those people who would have loved to read the book but didn’t know where to look or how to search for it on Amazon??!! Believe me, I know the market is a helluva lot bigger than 29!
Mr Chicken meet Mr Egg. Mr Head meet Mr Brickwall.
To date, I have 34 copies of my book reserved and I even took a reservation from the checkout girl at Tesco last week, who was cooing over my twins and talking about how she has been desperate for another child for years but her husband is happy with their son and refuses to have another. “Oh really?…”, said I. Another copy reserved. Bish bosh. And I haven’t even started yet!
I fully expected to get lots of rejections and I’m slightly sad but cool that I’m going through the process. I was so close with this publisher this time. One step on from an agent and they were really tempted, but it was just the stats and facts about the potential market and previous book’s performance that held us back.
It may be a small minority of people, let’s face it we won’t be knocking good ‘ol Lynda Bellingham off the bestsellers’ list, but perhaps that makes me more determined to get this topic talked about. Those few people with so much more love to give have too few places to find support. They deserve to have someone take a punt on them, and my book, and for the profile of ‘Secondary Infertility’ to be raised.
You can’t get to your destination if you don’t know where to look for a signpost.
29 copies?! Hmph!