If you saw my comment in Supriya's post this week, you already know that, like her, I haven't sent out any query letters. It's not that I haven't faced my fair share of torment, criticism and rejection though. I enter contests.
Considering contests are likely a topic for another week, I won't go into the gory details. I will mention I once read the advice, writers should place in a few contests before they send out query letters to publishers and agents, which is why I opted for entering writing competitions first. I guess I got lucky when I finally co-won a contest last year. It landed me an agent, although I'm still trying to figure out what that bought me. Again, another topic...
Okay, now back to this week's post. Well kinda.
Besides not having a novel quite ready to submit to a publisher, there's another reason I haven't sent out query letters. The publishing industry is changing. Funny, but Greg reminded us Wicked Writers of this fact earlier this week when he emailed a link to The New York Times article With Kindle, the Best Sellers Don’t Need to Sell. Heck, as a Kindle owner, I take full advantage of the free stuff to figure out what books to purchase. So I expect to give away my first novel to sell more novels in the series. Oh yeah, I am over @TheCourierNovel, along with copies on Textnovel, Authonomy, Booksie and my website. I also expect to give away the second novel, initially. So this article is right on in my opinion.
Also call me a glutton for punishment, because no matter how many times I've been warned not to do it, I still haven't ruled out self publishing. Sure, I'd rather go with a big publisher. Who wouldn't? There's just something about going through the experience that I think would be valuable.
Oops. Am I rambling and getting too far off topic again?
I know I'll be writing a query letter within the next couple months, but I'm really in no hurry, expecting it to be like resume writing. I used to edit resumes for an IT consulting company once upon a time. And since I can’t provide much more value to this week’s topic, I’ll cut it short and take off to enjoy my Friday.