May 14, 2001

(email subject: trying HarperSanFrancisco

Itís not easy find a publisher! My novel Desert Medicine was returned from  Simon & Schuster on April 17, 2001.

My fiction is emotionally honest with a spiritual theme, which probably makes it too Christian for mainstream New York publishers and too earthy for a  conservative Christian publisher.

So, my new marketing tactic: target publishers with a wide interest in  spiritual issues, ranging from Judaism to Buddhism. On Monday, April 23, I sent  out packets to five such publishers and one agent in South Carolina (where  people are more likely to be both earthy and Christian!)

My hopes have been raised again. I received the following email from an  editor at HarperSanFrancisco:

Dear Judy,

My editorial colleague thought I'd like your work and so passed your teaser of DESERT MEDICINE my way. You've certainly got my  attention! I'd love to see the entire manuscript, as well as any other  pertinent info.
you may wish to include. I'd greatly appreciate it if you  would send to me at the address below.

Many thanks. I look forward to hearing from you.

I sent the manuscript to HarperSanFrancisco via overnight FedEx on Tuesday,  May 1. Itís been almost two weeks, and I havenít heard anything yet.

I feel like an unwilling poster child for perseverance.

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