On the Road to Getting Published for the First Time - #3
"Thanks, but at this time we aren't...."
The Road Most Travelled
To start off this update, I got a rejection from one publisher and one agent within about two hours of each other yesterday. I've read how frustrating this process is with other writers. I've read how the rejection letters/emails cut them to the bone. But, for some reason, it doesn't hurt me like that. Oh, to be sure, I'm disappointed. I would vastly prefer someone at least read my novel (which I don't believe has happened as yet). I just have this innate ability to push on no matter the circumstances. I've been like that with all obstacles in my life. Accept the consequences, make the best of it as you can, move on. I'm not quite sure why I'm like that. But, that's me. I have this almost eerie feeling this book is going to sell and sell quite well.. I try to be objective as I can about it. But, every person that has read it (started out as a blog-novel), has thoroughly enjoyed it. I guess it comes down to if you believe in yourself and your work. I happen to have confidence in both. Someone, somewhere is finally going to say, "Hey, who is this guy?" That's my belief. I am going to keep on, keeping on.
Out of everything I have learned about the publishing/writing world, the idea you better have a pretty thick skin is the one that sticks with me most. If you are easily offended, hurt or have your confidence shaken, this line of work is not for you. That's something I discovered almost immediately. Now, I have had self-publishers tell me my work is great. They have said it is a story that needs to be told. But, they have a conflict of interest in telling me such a line. They stand to make hundreds or thousands of dollars. I've discovered that self-publishing is a lose-lose situation. It is great expenditures for little in the way of actual sales. Now, I have conceded in at least one update there are certainly those who have done well in the self-publishing world. But, by what standard? Sale of a thousand books? Five-thousand? Just what is the standard of having a best seller at the self-publishing level? I've yet to see that question answered to my satisfaction.
I've also had these "writing coaches" tell me it is great. They say that and read only the first few pages that I sent. These people all tell me how they are going to see that I keep 90% of the royalties of my book. But, the fees they want are as much or more than the self-publishing firms. The publisher I menionted earlier stated they want to help first time authors. They wanted to help me by having me fork over $5,000 to them. I suspect it would have eventually been more. That is another piece of advice I wanted to share on this hub. Some self-publishers try to portray themselves as "traditional publishers." You have got to be on the watch for these people. Remember, "Money flows from the publisher to the author." If you bring that to their attention, they either make up an excuse about tough economic times or tell you it is an investment that is "refundable." Avoid these people.
In closing, some good news. I write a lot of political hubs (as those of you who follow me know). A representative from a headhunter firm noticed me here on HubPages. He liked my work (I just rant and rave...no idea why he likes that). I have been offered a job as a weekly columnist for a new social-news site that is starting up before the end of this month. The pay and benefits are far more than I could ever hope to achieve through Adsense. So, some good has come of my short time here on HubPages. I won't be making any political posts here again for the foreseeable future. But, that can be a good thing too. The audience is supposed to reach in the millions. We'll see. I'm always the skeptical sort. However, if this is true, that will give me some good exposure. Maybe someday a literary agent or editor at a publishing house will see my political posts on this new site. Maybe I'll get noticed. I see nothing but good can come of this. I will do another update on this series in about two or three weeks.
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On the road to getting published for the first time #3
- On the Road to Getting Published for the First Time - #3
To start off this update, I got a rejection from one publisher and one agent within about two hours of each other yesterday. I've read how frustrating this process is with other writers. I've read how the...