Tell me about it.
Right now I'm an editor of Noir Nation, but also there is Bare Knuckles Press, "books worth fighting for" . . . those books that no one else will touch.
Isn't it interesting, though? Publishers want a 'fresh voice' yet one of the questions they'll ask you is beside whose books will yours sit in the bookstore? I was worried about my upcoming book because of the subject matter. Even though I handled the scenes without completely turning away people, you understand what's going on.
For Night Shadows, though, I wasn't worried too much about the blood and violence. In fact, the only 'bad' review I received was I didn't go far enough in one of the opening scenes with the lovers. The guy thought I should have had them actually having sex before they got killed. lol.
"Ultimately, however, while I very much enjoyed the read and there’s nary a false step here..." That's the "but" sentence.
I haven't lost hope, but it's definitely an uphill struggle.