I saw a documentary on the author of mine and most women that I know, Gone with the Wind. I thought it was so awesome that she started her book by writing the last sentence, putting that away, and starting from the beginning to fill in the rest. I’m no Margaret Mitchell, but I always wanted to write a novel about a young mother who leaves her abusive husband, having dealt with domestic violence myself I felt compelled to tell the story, so I decided to give it a shot.
So after a few months of writing here and there I started googling options and different ways to get published or even get an agent. I wrote up a query letter and sent it to not only agents, but I researched the heck out of acquisitions editors. I even had one lady say very politely that my manuscript wasn’t her genre, and just how did I get her info exactly? That made me laugh.
Thinking that it would take weeks to get any feedback I was shocked that I started getting responses daily, and when people started to actually request my full manuscript I was like Holy Crap I need to finish this thing!
I buckled down and stayed in a writing cave only coming out for soda and a quick bite. When I finally finished, I sent the full manuscript to the people that requested it. I also got some emails from a few agents who said thanks, but no thanks. I didn’t take offense, but at the same time I thought who are they that they don’t want to take a chance just to represent me because their tastes don’t gel with my book?
I had my manuscripts being reviewed by some publishers and agents, and I also had a finished manuscript at my disposal, I wanted to see it in print and I really didn’t feel like begging any more agents to read it, and possibly change it either. So I decided to give self-publishing a chance. The thing is almost everyone’s feedback, agents, and publishers included gave me confidence that my novel was good. So when I got that one snooty response from an agent who clearly had stinky taste anyways, I decided, ok which is better complete creative control and 70% royalties? Or conforming to what someone else thinks will sell better and only 15%-30% royalties, and a lifetime contract? It’s a no brainer.
My book has been downloaded more than 600 times in the past five days! It’s only been available for a total of seven days. One thing is for sure, all these agents, and publishers, and editors not accepting “unsolicited manuscripts” or being overly discriminating need to realize their competition is huge, the digital age is here. Creative thinkers that have put their souls out there are being alienated by the snobbery of the literary big wigs, and there is a huge market for fresh new material.
I guess what I’m trying to say to my author friends is this; don’t stop trying, hey you wrote a novel, you can publish it yourself, market the crap out of it, and adopt the attitude that their loss is your gain. Trust me your pockets will thank you for it.
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