For those of you who follow my blog and give a rat’s fuzzbutt whether or not I ever publish my novels, let me start by saying thank you, love you, bless you.
My Pitch Slam went very well. The waiting lines were much longer than I anticipated, so I only pitched my novel to 8 agents. And I’ve been asked to submit my query + sample by all 8. Of those, 4 seemed really promising.
My favorite moment of the Pitch Slam was when Susan Hawk told me her 8-year-old son just told her this morning that he was using The Force to ask his best friend to come out and play in the snow.
[Oh yeah….BTW, it is snowing, freezing, slippery winter nastiness here.]
That said, I’m currently sitting in the (very chilly) lobby of the Sharaton New York Hotel & Towers with a spinning head (NOT induced by wine, I swear) and a stuttering heart.
ALERT…ALERT…Paradigm shift! There’s been yet another paradigm shift in the whole writing-to-market process. Self-publishing (at least in ebook formats) is now being described as part of the process to finding an agent and getting a traditional publishing contract. I’m rather flabbergasted, but, hey, I do GET it. Instead of a few people in tiny Manhattan offices deciding which books to publish based on (1) personal preferences, (2) market research (often flawed), (3) current mood & (4) Fate…OH NO! Now they want We The People to decide what is the next best seller.
The business of publishing has become more of a democracy than the United States of America ever was. Zoinks!
Writers, hold on to your hearts (and get out your wallets).
Readers, I’m not sure if this is good news or bad news for you. I mean, if you don’t mind searching through mega-tons of bad books (especially ebooks) and maybe even purchasing some very BAD ebooks to find the GOOD stuff, well, then this might be good news. I just don’t know.
I am both a writer and an avid reader (spending more $ than I care to admit on both traditional books AND ebooks) and I’m not sure how I feel about this. To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure how much to post about this. Hmmmmm……
Has anyone out there read The Help? If yes, OMG did you LOVE it? If not, stop reading this and everything else and read The Help. Seriously. Don’t just watch the incredibly wonderful movie. READ it!! I’ll wait here.
Favorite Line: Mae Mobley my favorite.
How about the movie Julie & Julia? If you have not seen this movie, GO! Yet again, I’ll wait here.
[Play Final Jeopardy theme here]
Favorite Line: You are the butter to my bread, you are the breath to my life
So….where am I going with this ramble? Well, both stories depict success in the old traditional publishing model. Julie & Julia also depicts success through blogging…but now the blogosphere is WAY crowded and not really the venue for brand new fiction authors without a platform. In other words, the Julie & Julia path to publication is already getting outdated.
Now the name of the game is to get your work “out there” to see if enough REAL readers will pay REAL dollars to purchase your REAL book. It’s like ebook sales are the new platform. Or the new submission process.
All righty then….let me go back to spinning and stuttering and wondering.
In the meantime…HELP! What do you ebook readers think? Are you ready to search through thousands of really bad ebooks to find the stories you really want to read? Or do you rely on some resource to find great ebooks?
Considering the fact that I will only spend a fraction of the $$ I spent on this conference to ePublish and everyone, everyone, everyone at this conference seems to agree this is the BEST first step to becoming a successful author…well, holy crapping crap!!!
What do you think?