A Friday Rant (And This One’s Not About You)
But I have to tell you my #1 frustration with this whole thing. It has nothing to do with you. Nope. It’s everybody else. That’s right, everyone who doesn’t read publishing blogs.
These are the people who most need to be educated. But you can’t tell them they need to get educated, because they’re not on the Internet trying to get educated! They send queries having not ever looked at our company website or my blog. They pitch me screenplays and illustrated childrens books and poetry and 200,000-word fantasy novels.
They send emails saying things like “this book will be a blockbuster of epic proportions” and they ask me if I can “publish” their book (do I look like a publisher?) and they ask me what a platform is. What is a platform? Anybody?
I can’t help them, because they’re not listening. They’re clearly not doing any research via the Internet, and they’re not visiting the “writing” section of their local bookstore and they wouldn’t even hear me if I used a bullhorn. There is nothing I can do for these people.
But that’s “them.” You are not them. You are awesome. You read this blog and other publishing blogs and seek out helpful resources. You listen. You learn. You know how this gig works. You know the ins and outs of queries and proposals and platforms and how to work with an editor and everything else. You’re the bomb! You’ve got it goin’ on and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
And you know what else? Most of the people whose letters show up in my query box are NOT your competition, because most of those people aren’t reading guidelines, aren’t reading blogs, and aren’t taking the time to approach publishing seriously. You are taking a professional approach to your writing career, and you’re among the minority. You will be taken seriously.
I want you to know: I appreciate you. I’m glad you’re here, I’m glad you want to write, and I’m excited that you take it seriously enough to want to stay informed. So thanks for being here.
End of rant.
And hey, have a good weekend. Read some blogs or something.
Rachelle Gardner, Christian literary agent, WordServe Literary Group, Colorado.