Today is the first Wednesday of May, which means it’s time for the Insecure Writers Support group. The Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) is the brilliant idea of Alex J. Cavanaugh. The purpose of the group is to share doubts and insecurities and to encourage one another. Please visit the other participants and share your support. This month’s co-hosts are Eva Solar, Melanie Schulz, Lisa-Buie Collard, and Stephen Tremp.
Today’s post isn’t so much about my insecurities. Instead, it’s a thank you to all the wonderful writers who have helped me with my journey. The writer/blogger community is so supportive and I’m always blown away by their kindness. So many have answered my questions, given advice, offered to read my stuff, and so much more it’s nearly impossible to list everything. As a way of saying thank you, I’ve started a monthly giveaway on my blog. The goal each month is to giveaway five books by incredible authors. Click on this link for May’s giveaway. This is also my way of saying thanks to bloggers and fans for stopping by to say hello whenever they have the time. I know everyone is busy and I really do appreciate the time you take to stay connected. All of you are important to my writing career and I want to say thanks. If you are an author and are interested in offering one of your books for the giveaway, please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of this month’s featured authors in the May giveaway is here to share a little about her publishing experience. Please welcome C. Lee McKenzie. Enter here for a chance to win a copy of her novel The Great Time Lock Disaster.
How Hard Is It To Sell Your Books to Publishers?
This is a question a lot of authors ask. It never seems to be one that non-authors ask. And that’s because if you’re not a person who writes books, you don’t understand what it means to make a book sale.
I have to admit that I didn’t really understand that either.
I did almost everything backwards. My first sale was easy. I only queried a couple of times before an editor asked for a full, and then offered me a contract.
“So how hard can this publishing business be?” I asked myself. Even my second book went quickly from the writing to the sale. And then my publisher and the editor who “got” me vanished. That was something I hadn’t expected.
I also hadn’t expected that my third book would be turned down several times. What? I was a published author. Shouldn’t that be credentials enough for a quick third book sale?
So there I was with those two first books I needed to promote a lot because I was alone out here waving banners and pointing at my work. I soon realized my writing time was cut in half; a fourth book took a back seat while I promoted book one and two, and queried book three.
By the end of that year, I was able to answer my earlier question about how hard publishing could be.
Answer: “This publishing business is darned hard.”
I did finally find a home for book three, then book four, but I now know that’s no guarantee anyone will embrace book five. Wish me luck because a lot of what happens in book publishing is having your manuscript land on the right desk at the right time. Luck is a huge factor, but persistence and writing well are equally important, and that’s what I’m working on every day.
What’s your publishing experience?
- All of the above