After 6 months of trying unsuccessfully to find a publisher for my book-in-progress, Back Roads, Dark Skies, I have decided to put the whole project aside indefinitely. The feedback I’ve received from my agent, publishers, and advice from friends (including authors who have published successful books) has helped me realize two things: I don’t want to abandon the basic premise of the book to make it more like other popular-audience cosmology books, but in its current form no publisher will pick it up.
That isn’t to say Back Roads can’t be salvaged and made into something that will satisfy both me and a potential publisher. The problem is that I’m too attached to the book as it currently is to examine it objectively to see how it can be improved. My current hope is that, with some time away from writing it and from worrying about finding a publisher, I can come up with a new approach to it that will salvage what I like (e.g., the road trip aspect), yet be more appealing to a publishing house.
In other words, Back Roads, Dark Skies isn’t dead, but it may be some months before I work on it seriously again…and it may look a little different when I resume. This was not an easy decision to make, and I’m still not sure it’s the right call.
Thanks to everyone for your support over the last year or so that I’ve been working on the book. I hope eventually there will be a book for you to read, even if I can’t promise anything for the near future.
Addendum: I should also have linked to my frequently-asked questions post, which (among other things) addressed why I’m not interested in self-publishing.