Christmas, like any holiday, is great at providing a distraction and good at breaking up the usual routine. But now, with the return of the children back to school well within sight, I feel motivated to get back on track and get my book out there in the public domain big style.
The suggestion that I might try to self-promote by going down the route of self-publishing has been seriously considered over the break, but it has been decided that I will focus all my efforts on finding an agent and through them look to obtain a publishing deal.
Having decided on this option I realise the need for some hard copies to give away. Having looked at the cost of ordinary printing, after some internet searching I have decided to use Create Space, a self publishing website, to run off a few samples. The effort of pulling this together is not to be downplayed, but I am pleased to say it has not been impossible and the draft, the cover image in particular, looks great on the computer screen. Now submitted, it’s currently being given a once over by the crew at Create Space. It will be something like forty-eight hours before I will know whether it’s a runner or not in the format given.
While I wait for the thumbs up, the intention is to spend my time identifying the names of the most suitable agents to approach. For the names a heavy reliance will be placed on the Artists and Writers Year Book. It has hundreds of agents listed with their particular interests detailed. This will help to narrow down the search. Once a shortlist of say ten agents has been identified it will be all efforts placed on pulling together an eye-catching but relevant covering letter to accompany each submission. I am hoping that I might be able to incorporate the feedback I get from anyone who took and read the free PDF version available before Christmas as supporting evidence, to reinforce the book’s worth and credibility here.
On this note, interestingly, the Artists and Writers Year Book also recommends trying to find a local celebrity who could give the book some sort of positive endorsement. Identifying and finding one is an additional task I have set myself this week. I will keep you posted as to how well this goes. But in the meantime, if there is anyone out there who knows someone famous who they think would like to be the first to add their name to the cover, you will let me know wont you? …….. Just a thought……………. Now I know you are probably thinking: ‘cheeky – that would be too easy’. And it would be, but it must happen occasionally by chance, so why not now? And to be honest what have I got to lose?
And so to conclude on a positive note, as per previous posts’ intentions, I do want to add here that so far for this year it feels like things are really coming together with a steady forward momentum towards achieving the goal. But I also understand that you could argue that nothing has actually happened or come back to support this assumption. It’s just a feeling. But never-the-less it’s one that feels great, for it fills my whole being with excitement, hope and optimism. It’s so good! It would be lovely if you could feel it too.