Do you know how the publishing world works? When I was unpublished, I thought it was hard work, commitment, fearlessness, and people telling you that you needed to revise the crap out of your work. Then I got the book contract, and I thought it was about more hard work, greater commitment, bolstering up your flagging fearlessness, and people telling you to revise the crap out of your work.
And then I discovered that it was more. Though writing is usually a solitary and somewhat lonely way of making your bread and butter, the end product only gets a chance to breathe with the help of *other* people. Initially a good agent, and then a good editor, and then all the people in the publishing house who contribute their expertise to the end product…
But once it’s printed, a book’s future rests in the kindly hands of people who get absolutely nothing out of flogging your work. And that, Virginia, is how publishing works.
Readers can help a book’s success by word of mouth or BY LEAVING A COMMENT SOMEWHERE. (Yeah, it’s that important. The more comments a book receives, the more visibility and in this current market, it’s all about visibility.)
But before readers get their mitts on a writer’s novel, there are the bloggers.
God Bless the Bloggers.
Publishing houses know that bloggers can make you. Their book reviews are widely read; their opinions are valued among those who follow their site. Take a look at author’s amazon pages–check out how many of those blurb recommendations come from a blogger’s site. Yes, in today’s world, bloggers are powerful people.
They don’t get paid for flogging your work. Zip from me and my publisher. No soft dollars, no under-the-table cash.
They do what they do for free.
Think about that. You know how long it takes you to write an email? Multiply that by the power of ten to figure out how long it takes them to post something on their site.
Below, you’ll find a list of blog sites. These lovely people are part of my blog tour for DESTINY. By hosting a giveaway and an excerpt, they expose my work to a larger world. I’m hugely grateful (let’s say it again–God Bless the Bloggers) for their kindness.
The giveaway opportunity is for the entire Mystwalker series. Each blog site has their own cache to give out, so that’s a whole lot of chances to get my series for free.
The excerpts are long. I don’t even want to think how long it took me to write those words. (I was going through a divorce at the time; my head was mush.)
So head over to one or all of the sites listed below, and take a chance on winning. Then go ahead–pull out your blankie and your cup of tea, then binge read my work. After than you’ll be be one of my series readers and a person who has the power to move my career from “the best series you never heard of” to a series that some people may heard of. (By *cough* leaving a comment somewhere. Even lousy ones are good.) (So, *grimace* they tell me.)
Final thoughts on the publishing world? It really is about hard work, commitment, fearlessness, revision, and the kindness of others.
3/3 – That’s what I’m Talking About
3/3 – Mother/Gamer/Writer
3/4 – Kindle & Me
3/5 – Vampire Book Club
3/6 – Urban Fantasy Investigations
3/7 – The Reading Café
3/8 – Little Read Riding Hood
3/9 – My Bookish Ways
3/10 – The Qwillery
3/11 – Paranormal Haven
3/12 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews