I’ve been writing for many years now, working my craft and learning as much as I could about writing. Although I received a degree in the areas of English, Communication and Teaching, only one of those classes taught me about the business end of Creative Writing, and most of that information is outdated now. Therefore, I search books, the web, and go to conferences like the one I went to last week, the Life, the Universe and Everything (LTUE) symposium held at BYU in Utah.
There is much to learn about all aspects of writing, especially with the changes going on in the publishing industry with e-books literally putting large book stores chains like Borders out of business. Writers have both suffered and benefited from this change. Those who previously didn’t have their writing craft to a level that would be publishable are now publishing their own novels and selling them on Amazon as e-books. While this is an exciting breakthrough for them, it has become an annoyance for readers who are expecting a great book, only to find that it’s poorly written and edited.
I am tempted, as they all are, to try and sell The Mandrake Factor and my other novels by myself and avoid all of the middlemen like agents and editors and those publishers with tight purse strings, but there are so many things that they can do for me that I can’t do for myself. Foreign rights, for example. Agents and publishers have connections I will never have unless I decide to get a job as one of them. Agents are trained to know how to get their clients good contracts, too. Writers must know what’s going on as well, so they don’t sign anything they can’t live with, but agents who are reputable and on the writer’s side will do the best they can to get their client a good deal.
So I’m opting at this point for the standard route of submitting everything to an agent first. I’ve just started this process, so my toes are barely wet, but as I go, I’ll try to let you know how it’s going and what I’ve learned.
Meanwhile, this link below is a great site with links to many writing sites I often visit for advice on writing. I’m excited to share it with you.