Last week I said I had something important coming up this week. It was yesterday, my meeting with agent Ann Byle of Credo Communications.
That was a day that I had been waiting for my entire writing career: The opportunity to talk with some one professionally about my novel. It was more encouraging that I could have imagined.
My novel is high adventure fantasy and I was not sure how that would be received as their publishing house is not known for that genre. However, after talking with her she asked for chapters and said she’d read them.
I don’t know where this will go. But I am thrilled to get this chance and will keep you all informed. As our meeting came to an end I asked Ann what I should be doing to promote myself now. Here are five things she recommended I do:
- Get a website
- Join a Fantasy Writers of America group or something similar
- Outline all seven books of my series so I could pitch the series to a publisher
- Think about endorsers and who I would want them to be
- develop a marketing plan
Now, a lot of these items are not exactly the most fun things to do. Writers write, don’t they? Yes, but successful ones promote, advertise, and otherwise market themselves and their book.
The writing part is not over, but I am beginning to think that getting a book published is 1/3 writing and 2/3 marketing, promoting, and speaking.
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Congrats Bob. My pride for you is only rivalled by my jealousy.
Thanks, and I’m sorry? 🙂
Yay! I’m absolutely thrilled for you, Bob, and how exciting! I know it’s a lot of work to promote yourself, but it will be so well worth it. Hey, I’m proud of you, too! Can’t wait to hear more …….. 🙂
Thanks Julie! I am still a young unpublished novelist but I am thrilled to have said I have had this sort of meeting. I will keep you posted.
Bob, so glad to hear you’ve had a meeting like this and have some more ideas for promoting yourself and your writing! What a great step in your writing journey.
Yes indeed. I don’t know what will happen, but I am excited for the opportunities that God gives.
Thank you for your encouragement Scott!
Congratulations, indeed! Way to go Bob. This is going to be interesting.
I sure hope so!
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