Thursday, January 08, 2009

Dr. Rasp vs. the Pardy Boys

Ok, so I'm very excited at Firebrand's internet special (submit by January 15th, and NO QUERY). But it's like the old saying goes: you don't know what you have 'til it's gone. And now that the query is gone, I'm wondering if the submission is stronger WITH it. I did sell a script, and I did win a script contest. But here's my real dilemma. Just because I'm not using a query doesn't mean I'm not queer.

the Pardy Boys is gay YA. One editor said it bordered on soft-core. Yikes! The kiss of death. I've since gotten better opinions, but I think maybe a query letter would bouy the novel by showing the submission in context, while also demonstrating some kind of marketability for my writing.

That said, Dr. Rasp, which is pretty darn cute and cuddly, is squarly a boys tweener action-adventure story. But I can't query it to save my life. So maybe I should submit "The Abominable Plan of Dr. Rasp" via no-query month, and then wait until the 16th to submit "the Pardy Boys" via the normal channels.

Oh this is all so indulgent now I feel I'm wasting valuable blog pixels on drivel. But not before asking you guys: whaddyou think?

Now get back to your books!


Tyler said...

Well, either way you better get it in quick because at last count (which was around the first of the year) I heard they had 2200 first chapters sent in!

As for which to choose, I would go with Dr. Rasp. Number one, I think it's more of a Firebrand-suitable genre, as they have a couple agents who specialize in that area (namely, Michael Stearns! Both Jim Thomas and Jen Rofe said at Big Sur that he's "scary influential" with all his experience and contacts.)

Pardy Boys seems to me like you would want an agent that specializes in gay YA. Plus, as you said, you've got a great query for it, and can't query Dr. Rasp for your life.

Send in Dr. Rasp...TODAY!!!

Katie said...

I'm with Tyler - send RASP!


Graeme Stone said...

and that's a 3-vote for Dr. Rasp. Dr. Rasp in the lead folks, Pardy Boys a distant second, and IT'S DR. RASP at the finish!!!

And after all this I've STILL got to go the conference. Whew!


Hardygirl said...

Am I too late? Rasp! Rasp! Rasp!

Tyler said...

Have you sent it yet??