I spoke with a publisher recently about the possibility of them taking on a new author – me. It was both depressing and uplifting at the same time. I was informed that more research was needed; a clearer concept, the focus, the market, who cares?, and three very important questions need to be answered:
- Why this book?
- Why me? (As its author.)
- Why now?
I’m a rookie at this book publishing stuff. But not so much of one that I’m completely in the dark. I know an author needs an audience and they need to know who’s goin to buy the book. But I never thought about my book having nationwide appeal. The publisher I spoke with seemed sincere and when I asked questions, his answers were always clear and to the point, lengthy too, with good advice on how I might go about finding the right information.
My book idea cannot be revealed here just yet. It might even morph into a completely new one before I pursue it further. The publisher recommended that I take a walk, alone, out in the woods, or in the garden, and rethink the concept. I’ll have to ask myself some pretty tough questions, one is would I buy such a book myself? Of course I would, but would a complete stranger?
The publisher didn’t reject my proposal, but he didn’t accept it either. And then there’s the non-traditional self-publishing and E-book publishing options to consider.
I’m beginning to feel as if I’m being sucked into a black hole.