Posts Tagged ‘publication’

I have been doing the #IGWritersOct, which, ironically, is primarily an Instagram thing, but hey, let’s think outside the box. It has been an interesting effort, and today’s prompt is “RIP:Rejection stories”. I have a lot of those.

The first time I ever formally submitted was back in the early 90’s. I was in the throes of basically churning out pages and pages that were deeply derivative of Lovecraft’s work. I will call them weird fiction, but they were really more my finding my own voice within the appreciation of another author.

This was back in the days before the internet, and I was mailing off my submissions to various magazines. I never got published this way, though I came close once. One of them asked me to cut a story down a great deal, and I labored over it, finally getting to the length they wanted only for them to reject it a second time.

I did not submit again until some years later, throwing together a query letter for a novel. I had a copy of the Writer’s Market, if I recall correctly, and this thick, hardbound book set me back a decent amount. I put together many letters, SASE’s (how many people today even know what those are?), and the envelopes upon envelopes I licked. I went to the local post office with stacks of sealed-up hopes. I received letters from most of these, and none of them were successful.

I then tried again some time later with another novel. This one epic, beastly in size (nearly a thousand pages), and I tried sending my queries this time to agents and publishers. As before, I received many replies, mostly all form letters, all rejections.

I let my interest subside. I still wrote, though not as much. It took more than a decade for me to realize I had nearly abandoned a great creative love of my life. I remember driving up to Barnes & Nobles once, and I turned off my car and sat there. I looked at the store, and I thought of all the books in there. None of them were written by me. I felt a wave of depression hit me. My fairly routine desire to go in and find something new to read had fled, and all I could think about was my own lack of publication. I left.

Fortunately, I found new inspiration and wrote my current series (still working on the third). I was lucky enough to find a publisher, and now you can find my books out there if you are so inclined. And I hope you are.

 

Expectations

Posted: January 12, 2017 in Blog
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There is too much expectation out there for free or very under-priced books. It takes authors a great deal of time and effort to write, edit, and publish a book. Independent publishers are also dealing with this. It seems a portion of the general public is shocked to have to pay more than 99 cents for an ebook or $10 for a print book, yet they hardly balk at the prices for coffee at Starbuck’s or the admission for a movie at the theater.

It can take authors years to finalize a book.  For some of us, there is a great deal of research, whether through traditional means such as digging into available resources or through the consulting of those more knowledgeable.  I have done both, and both take time.  The latter takes the time of another and can come with its own cost.  Then there are the many hours for editing, generally which takes the time of more than one person and also has its cost. When it is time to go into publication, the art for the book cover must be commissioned.  I have never tried to quantify the amount of workhours expended for the publication of one book, but I know from personal experience that it is a great deal.  For this, the price of a book is also a great deal.  Why consumers feel the need to blanch at the price or feel entitled to a free one is beyond me.

A book is yours to keep and re-visit whenever you like, or you can pass it along to a friend or family member.  A book opens up worlds that have virtually no scope.  They stimulate the imagination.  These treasures are highly valuable and should be treated as such.

To this end, please consider attending a Facebook even which will feature many, many authors along with their very affordable works.  You may find a door worth opening.

Our Books Are Not Free – Facebook Event

Thank you,
Scott