THE LEVER is getting published

So about two years ago, a gay publisher rejected a novel of mine they liked because only supporting characters were gay, not the main characters. I had just finished a short story that was begging to be a novel with an all-gay cast of characters, and I outlined the plot for the editor. I delivered exactly what I promised 5 months later, and they got cold feet, fearing the suggestion that we might be able to influence sexual orientation in the future through covert genetic manipulation would upset too many of their readers.

After two years with no sales, I finally ended my contract with my agent and participated in a Twitter pitch contest, #DVpit, which was for “different voices.” So being a member of a minority group, I qualified to participate, and I only got one manuscript request. It was not from an agent, but directly from a publisher I had seen from time to time but didn’t know well.

Mark cuts to the chase: The editor loved the full manuscript and offered me a contract. I have now done some minor rewrites that have been accepted, sent in my author bio, my author photo, and my back-cover blurb copy, and I’m awaiting some cover concepts to review.

Sorry I’ve been absent from posting here. I haven’t felt much like writing stories during the pandemic. I’m slowly allowing the creative part of my mind out to play again. I will post more updates on the novel’s publication as well.

2 thoughts on “THE LEVER is getting published”

  1. Congratulations, Mark!

    Was this the same novel or a different one?

    Happy for you!

    Phil

    On Mon, Feb 21, 2022 at 2:45 PM Mark Salzwedel, author & composer wrote:

    > specficguy posted: ” So about two years ago, a gay publisher rejected a > novel of mine they liked because only supporting characters were gay, not > the main characters. I had just finished a short story that was begging to > be a novel with an all-gay cast of characters, and I ” >

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