Monday, February 1, 2010

Think Big.

Since I have suffered a beer-related back injury and cannot treat it with either beer or a pain reliever of choice due to upcoming blood donation, my only choice for evening activity is blogging and a bit of Top Gear in the background. I am utterly marooned upon the couch.

Sounds like I've been into the beer anyway, don't I? Nope. Just a splash of sludge out of the bottom of the bottling bucket. Big times here on a Monday night.

Ow... I moved.

Anyway, on to the writing bit. I'll probably be finishing the rough draft of my new novel tomorrow. All I'll need to do is peel the rind off it, which shouldn't take too many months. And then you'll get to watch the enjoyable agent-querying process right here on the ol' blog. I have name #1 picked out, but I won't spoil the suspense. The last time I queried agents, it was all snail mail, which meant you had at least a couple of days of that fun lottery-ticket feeling before the rejection arrived. Now we have email. I might fail within moments!

So the desultory rambling leads to this: I'm going after good, old-fashioned commercial publishing. I'd prefer trade paper to hardback this time, since I think that's the future of the physical book. But I want a physical book, and I'd like to clear all those high hurdles on my way there.

I am thinking big. I want all writers to think big. This post was inspired by a new kind of post I've been seeing on writing boards:

"I've just finished editing my novel. I've been thinking about, or do you think e-publishing on the Kindle is a better way to go?"

That, my friends, is thinking small. One step up is the small e-publishers, PODs, etc., and upward from there. My question is, why are writers starting at the bottom? This is where the ego-protective lies along the lines of "agents don't read queries" and "nobody publishes unknown writers" do their damage. It's nonsense. Big agents sign and big publishers publish unknowns all the time.

So think big. Shoot for the top. Go for your dream agent. Run at that high hurdle.

I used to be pretty good at the hurdles. When I had a spine.

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