While writing the great American novel is not easy – if it were, everyone would do it – getting published is no longer impossible, as there are a variety of options these days, from traditional to boutique to “self” publishing, from hardback to paperback to ebook. (The pros and cons of these options – and the status of publishing in general – is for another discussion.)
The real difficulty is in figuring out how to get an audience for your great American novel among the plethora of titles out there. How do you spread the word? Schedule book signings? Attend book clubs? Build a website – write a blog? Tweet?
Bestselling author John Grisham posted an idea that I think is pretty cool. Granted, he probably doesn’t need any help getting readers, but still, it says that even well-known writers need to spread the word. He posted the following on his Facebook page:
Grisham fans: Post a picture of you in your favorite reading spot with your favorite Grisham book and tag it as “John Grisham” to put it in the Grisham album. Then we’ll shout out our favorite photos.
Wow. The reader gets acknowledged and “rewarded” for being a fan, Grisham gets free advertising, it’s simple … and from
the look of the images posted, it’s fun!
I wish I’d thought of it.
You think your job is tough? Read what writers say about their “chosen” line of work …
Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators. ~ Olin Miller
Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money. ~ Jules Renard
Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money. ~ Moliere
Writing is the flip side of sex – it’s good only when it’s over. ~ Hunter S. Thompson
Do you worry if your participle is dangling? Does it hurt when your infinitives are split? Do you care where your preposition is at? (haha)
Even literary icons have concerns about their words. Here are a few quotes to silence the old battle-ax English teacher in your head:
photo courtesy of raymaclean
A metaphor is like a simile. ~ Author Unknown
A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the other one. ~ Baltasar Gracián
The road to hell is paved with adverbs. ~ Stephen King
Don’t get it right; just get it written. ~ James Thurber
Remember the implications of selecting a title for your
great American novel …
Just a reminder to writers –
your words can be misinterpreted.
… writers. Here are a few of my favorites, especially when I’m feeling a bit frustrated with my “chosen” profession.
When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand. ~ Raymond Chandler
The first chapter sells the book. The last chapter sells the next book. ~ Mickey Spillane
It is perfectly okay to write garbage–as long as you edit brilliantly. ~ C. J. Cherryh
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. ~ E.L. Doctorow
Writing is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to those who have none. ~ Jules Renard