Many people think that writing a book is all about having a good story or hook, but the reality is you are in the book writing “business.” Here are five things that you should do while you are writing the book that can help your “book business” once you finish.
CALL ME CRAZY, BUT …
For the past three months, my third novel, The Custer Conspiracy, has been circulating among the NY Literati looking for an agent. To date, I have received five requests to see the entire manuscript seeded between thirty-three outright rejections.
Even though I think The Custer Conspiracy is worthy of a mainstream publishing house, I’m not surprised at the level of disinterest. I understand the book business pretty well (I think), and can appreciate the pressures the agent class is under when trying to select books the ordinary reader (you and me) will be allowed to read.
Do you remember the song that starts with “What do you get when you fall in love?” According to Dionne Warwick “…you only get a life of pain and sorrow.” I’m betting if you changed her words to WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU SELF PUBLISH?, you’d get the same answer.
My last post was about what it meant to be an “expert”, i.e., did our readers expect us to be “experts” in the things we write about? I’m guessing if you are writing a cookbook; well then, yeah … it probably would be good if you knew your way around the kitchen. Or the “Five Easiest Ways To Perform Open-Heart Surgery” probably should be written by a doctor, preferably a heart surgeon. But a reader can hardly expect a writer of vampire novels to be a vampire (i.e., a “real” expert). Or everyone who writes a thriller about the CIA to be an undercover agent in Iran.
For my followers who are unfamiliar with the publishing industry, a book blog tour is a virtual tour to help an author promote their book without traveling. It’s the same concept as going to a store or event signings but instead of physical places, the author is going from blog to blog during the time frame of the tour.
Have you noticed the plethora of blogs recently chattering about the “importance of editing”? Must be the season! Probably because spring is almost here and we authors are about to “spring” our winter ramblings on publishers.
But I do think it’s a critical topic, so I’m going to add my two cents to the discussion.