“There is definitely an audience for a book like this,” the agent said upon hearing my pitch. “But unless you’re already famous a large agency won’t touch it. I suggest you start sending it out to small presses.”
Since that day I haven’t done anything with the book. My intention at the time was to refine it and send it out. Then my father-in-law, the subject of the book titled Confessions of an Inadequate Caregiver, began to fail and all of my time was devoted to his care. Then he died and the book still sits needing all the care and attention I once gave him. I have many excuses as to why I haven’t done anything with it.
It’s too painful to relive the experiences we shared as his mind failed and his body withered before my eyes.
I’m too busy with other projects.
What if it’s not as good as I believe it is?
I still think those things but I have to admit that the voice I hear whispering in my mind most often repeats these words, “Unless you’re already famous we won’t take it.” Then I look at some of the books that are published simply because someone has a recognizable name and I am filled with envy. Many of them never intended to write a book until an agent came calling, ghost writer already in mind.
Not fair! I whine to my writer’s group and all agree for they share the dream and self-doubt inherent in many emerging writers. I’ll get past this feeling. I’ve done it before and I’ll do so again. For today, I provide you with a short list of authors who never had to query a small or university press because they were already famous.
If you have a book to add to the list send it to me in a reply. I’ll post the results on April 1st.
Justin Bieber – First Step 2 Forever
NeNe Leakes – Never Make the Same Mistake Twice
- Writers Envy (diamondpublicationz.wordpress.com)