The Waiting Game


Not sure exactly where this is, but I believe it’s Absecon — hey it’s JERSEY!

It’s been so long since I last posted that I can barely remember how to do this. Frankly, not much has happened since last we met! I am still awaiting word from the publisher regarding Another Man’s Poison, the third installment in the Jersey Girl Cozy Mystery series. It’s odd that word of the book’s fate is taking so long. I do know my publisher, PageSpring Publishing, has several titles that are expected to be released soon, which is a lot of work for small publishers. We shall see what happens there.

Meanwhile, I’m still trying to find an agent for Recurring. Agent hunting is a painfully slow, tedious, agonizing process, and something of a waiting game. Most agents can take anywhere from six weeks to three months to reply to a query and sample chapters, with many stating in their submission guidelines that they may not respond at all to any forwarded chapters or correspondence.

Gee, what’s a writer to do?

In the olden days, you didn’t dare send out simultaneous submissions – with the unlikely scenario of two or three agents requesting the entire manuscript or agreeing to take you on as a client. If that should happen, we writers were warned, we risked getting a bad, unprofessional reputation in the agent community. Okay, so screw that! I’d really like to see Recurring in print before I kick the bucket, and I know writers who have waited in vain for over a year before moving on and submitting their work to another agent for consideration. I seriously doubt agents will be knocking down my door to get their hands on the entire manuscript, even as great as I think this thriller is, though if this should happen – good for me! I’m going the simultaneous route!

Meanwhile, I’m busy on another book, The Boardwalk Psychic, which may or may not work as a series. This isn’t a light, cozy mystery by any stretch of the imagination. It’s dark, the crime is quite brutal, and the theme is obviously tinged with elements of the supernatural. Ya gotta love it! It almost sounds like an X-File!

Until we meet (or read) again, have a wonderful weekend everyone, and a special hello and welcome to the newcomers on this site!

4 thoughts on “The Waiting Game

  1. Dear Jo-Ann, So excited to get my hands on the third book in the Jersey Girl Cozy series, Another Man”s Poison and now a new series, Sounds Awsome! can’t wait to start it. I love the premise. I will be coming up to Jersey for 2 ½ weeks (driving from FL) leaving Monday to visit the kids and grandkids and babysitting our youngest granddaughter for 10 days. Hope there are still some leaf changes! That is the only thing we miss, but going to northwest NJ they may mostly be down! I am awaiting along with you for your releases! Keep up the great work. Merry


    On Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 8:21 PM, Jo-Ann Lamon Reccoppa wrote:

    > jreccoppa posted: ” Not sure exactly where this is, but I believe > it’s Absecon — hey it’s JERSEY! It’s been so long since I last posted that > I can barely remember how to do this. Frankly, not much has happened since > last we met! I am still awaiting word from the publisher” >

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    • New Jersey will be so much brighter with you in the state, Merry! Interestingly, there’s a scene in Recurring that takes place in Sussex County! Unfortunately, it gets much colder up there sooner than the rest of the state (as you probably know from firsthand experience), so you might miss those gorgeous leaves changing colors – but let’s hope you catch them. Thanks for the kind words! Love your Amazon reviews!


  2. PageSpring publishing if your reading this – please respond ASAP – what’s a writer to do? Some other agent is going to swoop you up – it’s bound to happen!

    Love – you know who

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    • Hey! Yeah. Sure. Right. Like I said, nobody’s knocking down my door! Oh well! Great comment though. Enjoy this stretch of Indian summer (is that politically correct?) before winter hits!


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