Message Font: Serif | Sans-Serif
 
UnThreaded | Threaded | Whole Thread (2) | Ignore Thread Prev | Next
Author: Varlot One star, 50 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 4870  
Subject: Re: Giving away book for free? Date: 7/16/2012 5:36 AM
Post New | Post Reply | Reply Later | Create Poll Report this Post | Recommend it!
Recommendations: 0
Well, I can tell you that I have had rejection after rejection from agents on a 58,000 YA novel I wrote, and I realize I am probably just going to have to bite the bullet and self-publish.

The first thing any writer needs is honest feedback on a given work. The fact that agents have been rejecting your novel does not necessarily mean that the novel is unpublishable. The thing to understand about agents is that they are not investing themselves in a given work, per se, when they take on a new client, they're taking on a career.

The self-publishing route is a viable option. While legacy publishers bring both marketing expertise and a marketing budget to the table, more and more often writers are being asked to do more and more of this sort of work. Regardless of this, however, the best marketing tool is a well-written story.

So my recommendation would be, do all you can to ensure you have written a good novel. Friends and family can be honest, and it's easier to detect feigned enthusiasm from those you know, but I suggest you consider joining critters.org, an online writing critique group. Writing critiques yourself will give you an ear for possible problems with your own work, and while it can be hard to have people finding fault with your 'baby', better them than the reviewers, who may be even harsher.
Post New | Post Reply | Reply Later | Create Poll Report this Post | Recommend it!
Print the post  
UnThreaded | Threaded | Whole Thread (2) | Ignore Thread Prev | Next

Announcements

Foolanthropy 2014!
By working with young, first-time moms, Nurse-Family Partnership is able to truly change lives – for generations to come.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Post of the Day:
Dividend Growth Investing

Good Time for Dividend Champions?
What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
Community Home
Speak Your Mind, Start Your Blog, Rate Your Stocks

Community Team Fools - who are those TMF's?
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and "#1 Media Company to Work For" (BusinessInsider 2011)! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.
Advertisement