The business of the biz (and a busy week on the way)

We've got a nice juicy week ahead here at Boxing the Octopus. On Monday, Colleen's going to be visiting with the marketing manager from her publisher, following up with Q&A. Wednesday, small press publisher Lou Aronica stops by with an insightful interview. If I can get my tech on, booksellers from the Barnes & Noble flagship store in Houston will weigh in on the anatomy of a successful book signing, and we'll hear from the movers and shakers of Nuestra Palabra, where Latino writers have their say. There's a lot going on in the industry right now, and Colleen and I are ramping up our effort to provide a platform for smart soapboxers, industry pros, and emerging writers.

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Dorothy Hagan said…
Thanks for the invitation to ask, so here goes.

I have Manuscript One finished and published by Iuniverse in 2000. MS Two is finished but would need big revision to submit. MS Three is about 40k words with a good plot going. MS Four is in its infancy but has a VERY good, TIMELY plot. Best effort yet. I finish teaching school in May.

I need representation, but I am not sure of the best approach to make this happen. Should I submit any of the completed ms, or not do anything until I complete Four? Should I try to market the published book? Will it hurt or help to have MS One published by POD technology?

I hope I am not hugely imposing on your knowledge but since you asked...thanking you all effusively! Looking forward to learning a lot this week.
Hi, Dorothy,
Generally, unpublished authors must have a completed, polished manuscript ready before querying an agent. I say unpublished, because, fair or not, most agents will not consider a POD novel as relevant. (Unless you're one of the very, very few who's sold 10K or more copies on your own. Then it becomes a Really Good Thing.) The POD experience won't hurt you, though, in this day and age.

That said, I think you need to complete and polish one of the latter two manuscripts. Since a completed adult novel is generally at least 85K, it sounds as if you have some distance to cover.

I hope that's somewhat helpful. Best of luck to you! Sounds as if you have plenty of enthusiasm for your projects, which is terrific.
Anonymous said…
Thanks a ton, Colleen. I will take your advice to heart.


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