On the Road to Getting Published for the First Time - #1
First Time Author
The Rocky Road
To start off, I want to make clear I am a first time author with, as yet, an unpublished novel. So, take everything I say here from that perspective. I am only going to give my experiences in my first foray into the publishing world. I made this hub to give other first time authors some solace so they know they are not alone. This is certainly not a " how to" hub.
I finished my first novel, "Diary: Alone on Earth," (supernatural, apocalyptic fiction) last summer. It took me eight months to complete. I was ready to throw my hands up and quit many times. But, thanks to friends and family, I hung in there. I soon found out what I was told by a veteran writer to be the absolute truth. Completing the novel was the easy part. How true that was! Before I spoke with him, I didn't know the difference between a literary agent and real estate agent (well, maybe a bit of an exaggeration there, but not by much). A "query letter?" You might as well have been speaking to me in Chinese. Almost a year later, I am amazed how little I knew then. I know a bit more now. But, I still consider myself a babe in the woods of the publishing world. There are quite a few things I have learned. But, since that would turn into a novel, I decided to post them in different parts over the coming months.
One thing I learned right away is there are a lot of people out there willing and able to lighten your bank account for you. I'm talking about the numerous self-publishing sites and the huge number of scams. The scams seem to be tailored toward the first time writer as i have discovered over the months. I almost got taken in by one scam artist who "...specialized in first time authors." What is disheartening to me is this same scam artist is allowed to advertise on Google Adsense ads right here on HubPages and elsewhere. If you do a Google search on these people, you will find some amazing information about them. Such as what? Such as being indicted on fraud charges of bilking people out of thousands and thousands of dollars. These people are still allowed to operate for reasons I don't understand. My advice to the first timer; if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. An old saying, but very, very true.
Another thing I discovered; self-publishing isn't all that. I am sure there are some self-published authors who are successful. I would love to hear from you if you are one of those. But, from everything I have been able to discern thus far, self-publishing can lead to heartache for the first timer. Lots of expenditures for selling maybe 75-100 books. The traditional route is a hardship also, as I have quickly discovered. The traditional publisher that will take a chance on an unpublished author is very rare. This is especially true in these tough economic times. Consider also the publishing field is undergoing some fundamental changes due to technology. So, it appears I am caught between a rock and a hard place. But, for now, I am praying for a miracle by going the traditional route.
Literary agents deserve their own separate hub page. I'm sure most are good decent people. I have met two agents. But, I did not like their advice on what to do with my novel. They both said they read the manuscript. But, judging by what they had to say, I am not sure they read past the first few pages. Sure, they are busy. But, don't advise me to fundamentally change the entire nature of the story. Maybe the advice was good and I don't know it. Right now, I intend to stick to my story as is. Much more on them in a later hub page.
Will share more in my next hub on this subject. Right now, I need to send off some more query letters.
Advice to First Timer Author
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On the Road to Getting Published for the First Time #1
- On the Road to Getting Published for the First Time - #1
To start off, I want to make clear I am a first time author with, as yet, an unpublished novel. So, take everything I say here from that perspective. I am only going to give my experiences in my first foray...