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I know many people use "insure" rather than "ensure" when they mean "to make sure or certain," but it's just not right. (I know, I know, English is an evolving, living language, blah blah blah.)

Okay, boot straps... I need more agent/publisher names, because I've about reached the end of the lists I had already. When they all reject me, what am I supposed to think?

Yes, I write for myself and my own pleasure, but I always liked having an audience, and I don't have much of one now. It's frustrating. I think that's the only reason I even mildly considered Amazon's CreateSpace -- now that I've failed in their contest AGAIN, I'm sure they're going to be pressing me to go that route.

I can't believe that Chuck is on the bubble. Every time the networks put on something I like they cancel it without giving it any chance. It's all crap, crap, crap, all the time. Why should I start trying a new show, when they're just going to cancel it?

whine, whine, whine...


Mar. 19th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
You see, I know all that. That's why I'm trying to find specifically agents and publishers who HANDLE fantasy/horror and the subgenres thereof.

The last time I bought the Writer's Digest, I went through every page and marked everyone that I could possibly use and came up with about twenty-five. Twenty-five! If I'd ever been able to get something lucrative out of them I think I'd be less wary of it overall. I know it helps people, but it doesn't seem to be much help to ME (perhaps because I'm extraordinarily bad at getting out there and actually marketing myself).

I have considered using it to market myself as a reviewer, now; if I could get up the gumption to submit for actual payment. I think it would be good for that, because in addition to literature there's lots of good market possibilities for non-fiction.

Seriously, though; there was a series of vampire books in the literature/mainstream section, and around the corner in fantasy/horror were all the rest. And then there's "Twilight" and Chris Brown's books. Not to mention Gregory Maguire. I suppose the day I understand publishing is the day I get published.
Mar. 20th, 2009 12:58 am (UTC)
"Twilight" is YA. And YA is it's own genre and COMPLETELY open to everything, from fantasy to contemporary. I'm not 100% sure how it was originally marketed, but I BELIEVE it was set up as YA since the main character is 15 or so, years old (I spoke to my friend about that one).

Chris Brown... do you mean Dan Brown? Because I Googled that name and only musicans came up. Dan Brown is mainstream fiction... Da Vinci Code/Angels and Demons. He's pretty straight up mainstream bullshit hype crap and considered a "beach read."

Gregory Maguire... "Wicked"... I'm glad you picked him. And you should watch for the new book coming out by Michael Thomas Ford about Jane Austin turning into a Vampire by Random House. Not Genre fiction, but mainstream because they are taking classic books, classic ideas and reshaping them.

That's the difference.

You have to look at the basis of what they are writing. Is it an original idea? Who is backing them (i.e. publishers)? How many books have they written in the past (which REALLY makes a difference as well, because Stephen King as well as Dean Koontz cross into general/mainstream fiction now and some of their work is no longer "horror," "western," or whatever genre they were doing before (Dean used to have over 11 pen names at one point... or something close to it, when he first started).

Don't get bogged down by genre. It's good to know what you are writing and in some cases you have to know that for publishers and agents, but it's the publisher or the agent that will sometimes take what you write and push it into other genres. I wouldn't worry about this at all. I think this is just the smallest stepping stone.

25 sounds about right. Then there are about 11 agents, I think.

Marketing yourself is the MOST important thing. How else do you suppose all that shit writing ever got published. Kats, I say this in the most caring way... get OFF your ass and start developing your marketing arm. If you KNOW this is your weakness, get books on how to market yourself. Go to a library and learn. The Writer's Market has articles on it. Read them. Practice. Understand value statements. Practice pitches. Have Barb read them. Have total strangers read them. Redo them. Make them sound like the backs of romance novels.

DO IT. It's not just going to come to you. You've been doing it this long and it hasn't, right? Or do I have to be Miss Bitch and Auntie Obvious? I really hate sounding like this, but you know I want to see you succeed. ::cheers::
Mar. 20th, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
No, I meant Chris Moore, not Brown. Not sure why I said Brown. His vampire books are all over the front of the book store.

Mar. 21st, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
Are you talking about this guy: http://www.chrismoore.com/
Mar. 21st, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
That's the one. I read one of his books. It was cute. *shrug*

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