Thursday, 19 June 2008

Baking a cake

Just so you know, I'm not exactly Betty Crocker. I can make a mean set of chocolate chip cookies, but I'm far better at cooking meals. It must be the double tasking or something.

But tonight, as I was mixing (and mixing) a cheesecake, I was thinking of the whole writing process.

You get your idea, and write it down, and edit it, and get it read, and prepare a query letter (and prepare and prepare LOL) and then you send it out email vs. snail mail, making sure you have a process of keeping track; you follow up with agents, get lots of nos, hopefully get some requests for partials and fulls (or you go back and tweak the query letter and rinse/repeat) and then an agent wants you.

Wowza.

Then you've got to get those revisions done, get them in to your agent, submit to publishers, get yet more noes, and then. And then.

You get accepted. You shall be published!

Then it's nose back to the grindstone fellas; more editing, more proofreading, preparing your website, getting your pat answers down....and then it's released.

And then there's Nothing. You. Can. Do. about any of that. People decide what they want to read. You can only get it out in front of them and hope the rule of five works.

Except - your publicity. Hopefully your publisher gives you good publicity, but as a friend said, you still should be doing loads by yourself. How? Through radio, TV (if you've got buzz) tie ins, email...

...friends who blog ...

But it's all a crapshoot. All you can do is hope that your ingredients mix with your oven to create something special that everyone wants a piece of. It's a complicated process, like making a nice cheesecake, but the end result is what you dreamed of and more.

So ... go us.

It's a long hard slog but worth it. And I salute you, fellow dreamers, for your ideas and your thoughts and your willing revisions and reads. You make it all worthwhile, and ... well ... you're just cool.

Have one on me.

2 comments:

Heidi the Hick said...

Well I loooooove cheesecake!!

I think you pretty much nailed the whole writing/ publishing process, from what I've heard and learned. Those of us who really want it will keep going. Sometimes I think it's this difficult just to make us really sure that this is what we want, since publication is not the end. There's so much more after that.

And thanks, cuz now I think I'm gonna go whip up some metaphorical cake...

Heidi said...

Isn't this all the truth??? What a warped and impossible process this is... like tilting at windmills. And yet we do it... because we dare to dream.

Go you, for letting us share it with you, rejections and all! It's good to know there are others out there dreaming too!