Sunday, May 10, 2015

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Too Canadian and too quirky for America

The agent said that my novel (Poplar Hill) was "too Canadian" and the character "too quirky" to sell in the US and the target audience would largely be older women and that was outside the demographics for "Woman's Literature." She never heard of Farley Mowat, judging by the blank stare I got when I mentioned his name, and thought that "The Shipping News" by Annie Proulx was old news, barely worthy of a shrug.

She did manage to come up with a really great synopsis: The story is a riches to rags to riches to rags story with a Zelig-like hook in Germany. It’s an oddball story like "Waking Ned Devine."

After hearing my pitch in a query workshop someone told me that the title should be “Poplar Hill or Kitty Stevenson’s Two Wakes.” So that’s the tile from here on out.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Poplar Hill update

I have two small tidbits to report regarding my novel Poplar Hill. First, I have an interview with Michelle Richter, a literary agent with Fuse Literary, at Grub Street's The Muse and the Marketplace on Friday, May 1st 2015.

The second tidbit is that I recently discovered that one of the real Kitty Stevenson’s pet projects finally got off the ground a few years after her death. It’s a literary festival called “Read by the Sea.” It takes place every July in River John, Nova Scotia, home to the real Barb and Vince and just 5 miles from Poplar Hill.

If I ever get Poplar Hill published I intend to have my launch party at “Read by the Sea” if they'll have me. I can’t think of a greater homage to Kitty than to release the book at one of her progeny.