I’ve been feeling really crappy this week. My doctors have been tinkering with meds to try to get my blood pressure under control, and the side effects of the meds have knocked me for a huge loop. Which is my way of apologizing for this being a day later than it should be. AND is the best way I can think of to start this entry!
I’ve been reading magazines (writing ones, primarily) and Facebook posts quite a bit this week. Both meant I didn’t have to think. Both made me think, there’s irony in that, I think.
People pay a great deal of attention to what people say about the kinds of things they are writing. I have. For years I’ve looked at the fact that poetry really doesn’t sell so well unless you are a famous poet. But if they don’t sell, how do you get to be a famous poet? If people aren’t buying what I am writing, why is what I’m writing relevant and why do I see the kind of things that I’m writing in print? That seems to be the ultimate catch 22 conundrum.
I read an article in the May/June issue of Writer’s Digest that speaks a great deal to this. No Reservations, in the inkwell column, suggests that, despite the fact that people seem to claim that memoir as a genre is a cheap overused hack of a writing venue. But it also points out that people are making money with it and is a great way to break into the writing life as a paid writer, often a well-paid writer.
Hot on the tail of that article, I read a post by Christine Schwab on Facebook that the publishing industry is in a state of flux (go figure, most of my attention right now is focused on being able to publish epub-mobi-ibook format to get my words out) but that the fact that it is in flux shouldn’t keep writers from writing and shouldn’t discourage any of us. Her quote seems to sum it up pretty well…
“it has long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things come to them. They went out and happened to things”
-Leonardo da Vinci
This gave me great hope, this week, because what I’m currently playing with is a series of memoir kind of books, or maybe more to the point fiction based to a great extent on reality, a book with my son that is directly memoir, and my poetry. Maybe there will be a market for my work. Maybe not, but I’m certainly not going to let that doubt stop me.
AND you, dear writer/reader, should not let it stop you. Don’t kill your darlings. Follow your heart, chase your dreams, and maybe think about writing out your deepest darkest secrets or your biggest ugliest pet peeves and see if there might just be a market for your words. You can’t be the only one, and don’t we all, secretly, like to eavesdrop on other people’s lives? I’m not kidding myself that I will make ten thousand dollars (but I might, and why not take that chance), but maybe I can do something better, touch just one person who needed to be touched and leave a small mark on eternity.
Okay, you may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one!!!
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By Nesher Ehrman
Hello once again. This is installment number 4 in the series Realizing Your Writing Potential. Like most fours, this one has a one, two and three, so if you haven’t read those yet, you should do that first. In this part, we’ll get into the nitty-gritty details of how to publish with a recognized publishing company.
So, how do you contact a publishing company? Who should you go with? How do you even find them?
Google knows. No, seriously, Google knows everything. Utilize the all-knowing search engine to cast your net. search for publishing companies close enough to work with. No matter where you live, there are a lot of publishing companies in your area. (Unless you’re in Antarctica, in which case, how are you getting an internet signal?)
Compile a list of all the publishing companies near you, and slot them into a chart. Some companies will charge money just to read your manuscript, so decide whether – and how much – you’re willing to pay for that. If not, strike them out. Cross out companies if they don’t publish the kind of book you’ve written – companies are generally very clear about which genres they publish. Keep crossing out companies until you have a list of places which you think might want to publish your book. This list can range from two to twenty, depending on how picky you are, where you live, and how industriously you’ve worked on your list.
Some of the companies on your list might accept entries by email. This requires the least effort, so send to those first. What do you have to lose? Next, send printed copies to the rest, according to their requirements. Different companies might ask for carbon copies in a specific font or text size, so pay attention to that. Don’t forget include your details, so that the company can get back to you if they like your manuscript. Finally – and do not, on any account, skip this step – heave a sigh of relief.
The final item on your agenda is to wait. Publishing companies are notorious for taking their time in processing manuscripts, in order to choose the best. Not to worry, though, because you write brilliantly, so it’s just a matter of time.
In the next and final installment of this series, Part 5, we’ll talk about self-publishing, who you should do it with, and how to it correctly. See you there!
Nesher Ehrman is an author for The Writing Corp, and when he’s doing anything other than refreshing the view stats for that website, you can find him (and his work) over at nesherehrman.wordpress.com/
By Nesher Ehrman
Hi. Welcome back to Realizing Your Writing Potential. If ‘welcome’ would be more suited than ‘welcome back’, then you should read part 1 and 2 first. If you have read the first two installments of this series, then get your work cap on, because work is going to happen today.
In the previous parts, we covered all the stages up until the point when you have writing material ready to publish. Let’s assume that material is a book. Whether it’s an anthology of short stories, a collection of poems or a general breakdown and dissection of 16th-century literary achievement which six people would want to read – your book is ready to go. Now what?
The first step is to decide how you want to publish your book. In general terms, there are three accepted paths to get a book published:
1) Pay a company or an agent to get it ready, publish it, and sell it
2) Contact a publishing company and produce it together with them, after which they’re in charge of publication and sales
3) Producing and publishing your book yourself and then selling it through an internet medium
In Part 4 we’ll cover the second path, and the third will be adressed in Part 5, the final installment in this series.
‘But what about the first path?’ Good question. The simple answer is, ‘don’t do that one’. If you’ve never published a book and you’re not a celebrity publishing their biography, chances are that this course is not the right one for you. Having someone design a cover for you, edit your work and publish your book costs a lot of money for uncertain return. Additionally, once the book is out, the company doesn’t neccesarily care what happens next. Chances are, you’re better off choosing the second or third course of action.
In Realizing Your Writing Potential; Part 4, we’ll get into how to contact and publish with a recognized publishing company. See you there!
To see more of Nesher Ehrman’s work – mostly short stories and poems – feel free to free-fall to nesherehrman.wordpress.com/