Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Author Guest Post: My Publishing Journey by Timothy B. Sagges
Had I known, prior to undertaking the act of writing, that obstacles such as query letters, editors, unscrupulous vanity houses and the like, were part of selling a book, I might have written more about the actual underbelly of the industry. I also might have hired a public relations guru, maybe whoever the Kardashians use, to shove my story down the throats of America. What I did instead was plot, write, shelf, re-read, re-write, edit, shelf again and re-read two years later until I found myself saying, "Son of a bitch! This is pretty good!" And as a writer, to hear myself say those words out loud is plenty.
Don't get me wrong, I would be lying if I said I didn't care if I ever sold another book. In fact, I will do just about anything to promote BEST SELLER. But like the majority of writers, I want to write. That is what I am good at. That is what I enjoy. If I had the time, writing would be all I would do. I certainly have enough material to last five lifetimes.
Other than sending out 60ish query letters to literary agents, and receiving 35ish rejections and one request for a few pages of my manuscript, my journey into publishing really only consists of my reading up on self-publishing. I came across CreateSpace.com and took it from there.
I came to understand that the only good thing about being published by and actual publishing house, is the marketing side of the business. That is when I began looking into Tribute's blog tour.