Me, I’m an attorney in my real job. So, when I get an idea in my head, I always have to research more and more until the horse has been sufficiently beaten. It’s got to be at least twice dead. I think Aristen gets annoyed with me for this little habit I have, but she hasn’t said specifically that I’m driving her insane.
Today, and lately, I’ve been researching how to get our book published. Happily for me, I have a few friends (and so does Aristen) who have published books both self- and traditional route publishing. But in additional to speaking to people, I’ve been reading. I’ve done the usual blog searches and google searches, but I also appreciate a physical book that I can reference (Aristen and I are writing a book, so we have to support the cause after all).
The book I’ve been using which has proven helpful is “The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It . . . Successfully” by by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry (collectively, the Book Doctors). I like this book a lot because it has just about everything. It addresses fiction and non-fiction, agents (Arielle Eckstat is one), traditional publishing and traditional … And I haven’t finished reading it yet, so there are other subjects. Here’s an article related to the Book Doctors on Huffpost.
Additionally, also important, it’s been updated to include a section on the Internet. I’ll admit, for those of us who grew up parallel to the web, Millennials like myself etc., it’s somewhat basic. But the section is still useful because it gives information as to suggestions for blog posts for example. Personally, I have a list of things I want to write about, but struggling and new bloggers could dig it.
One section I’ve been using is the section on “Pitches.” Now, being a professional, I have my own little “elevator speech.” I hate them. I have one, but I feel dumb basically bragging about myself (people remind me that it’s not bragging, it’s actually just informing … needless to say I’m not convinced). But alas, to get a job as an attorney (or basically any job), you have to know who you are and why you’re interesting to a potential employer. Apparently, you have one of these for the BOOK. Yeah, the book gets its own special “personal statement.”
It makes sense though. Since sharing the fact that Aristen and I have finally decided to publish one of our stories, we’ve had to tell people what it’s about: friends, family, former professors, etc. I found it to be challenging, similar to how I found it painful to come up with my own “elevator speech” while I was in law school. The task has likewise been painful for me, but I’m determined.
To figure out what to do, I did the research (above). I haven’t written it yet, but I’m sure I’ll post a little on here at some point. Anyone successfully done this? Have any good advice?