It’s done!!!! Just got the final back from the editor. Need to work through it a bit, but DONE nonetheless. I am going to try to mainstream it, so give a me a couple of months of banging my head against the wall.
Funny story – I am sending out agent queries. I have crafted a delightful narrative explaining that my new manuscript is complete. It is the second book in a series. Third book is not far off. The first book sold over 17,000 copies with no print version or ANY marketing. The people who have test read this second book, say it is much better than the first. I know that I actually improved as a writer having gone through the process before, and so-forth and so-on. General boot licking and groveling.
Consider this. Someone comes to you with a new product. Despite very limited access in a crowded channel, the product before it had exceptional sales. Clients have been asking and waiting patiently for the new product. Wouldn’t you think, “Maybe if we took the first product, repackaged it, and marketed into new channels, we could tap into a bunch of new sales. Then, having created new awareness and demand, we could push the second product right down the same channel six months later. While that is going on, we can build new products for next year.”
No higher order physics here, two big wins and a steady pipeline of sales for years. Sounds like something from Shark Tank, right?
I must be an idiot.
I was informed that because this was the second book and the first book was self-published, no traditional publisher would touch it. Huh?
Now, I have been in the business world for close to 30 years. For those who haven’t discovered my secret identity, I am currently the President/CFO of one of the Midwest’s largest treatment facilities for children with Autism (a story for another day). I have worked my whole career building companies. In fact, the current one is the 4th I started from nothing. So, I kind of know what I am doing. I have to say, that rejection email might just be the stupidest thing I have ever heard.
Why in this day and age the publishing industry would continue to cling to the evil self-publishing Scarlet Letter, I have no idea. However, that type of thinking does explain two things. Why the industry is going the way of the Dodo; and why struggling bookstores are chalk-full of serial written garbage. It’s sad that so many otherwise brilliant people still cling to broken model that is crumbling around them.
Unfortunately, I will force a smile and dance this stupid dance once again. I hold out hope that I will run across someone not afraid of a new way of thinking. Always stay positive!
Long live Amazon and thanks for letting me vent.