Founded in the belief that shameless self-promotion is a bedrock necessity for the modern writer.
I’ve just written my first book, and this is the first entry in my first blog. Every aspiring-to-be-published writer surely has heard by now that he or she must demonstrate that they are ready and able to help sell the thing if they expect anyone to publish it. And nowadays, aside from being the President of the United States or the Queen of England, or, even better, the perpetrator or victim of major sexual bad behavior, a blog is the sine qua non of book publicity.
The book is entitled “The Whereabouts of Mr. Mohammed”. It is essentially a black comedy about an American software salesman who winds up in Baghdad a year after the US invasion. He figures he is the ultimate hip war profiteer, but pretty quickly he’s in way over his head and consequently looses it.
Aside from starting this blog, I’ve done several other things to bring my novel to the world’s attention:
- Written to an agent about my book. There are still a lot of agents who will accept a query letter. I’ve only written to this one agent so far even though I know the odds are high that he will never even respond. From what little I’ve read about him, he sounds very cool, like agents were in the 50s or 60s – eccentric, irascible, brilliant. Despite the fact that his office is in Brooklyn, not Manhattan, he handles an impressive array of writers. He doesn’t need to be near the publishers; they come to him. I imagine his office looks like Humphrey Bogart’s in “The Big Sleep”.
- Converted two chapters of my book into short stories, one of which has been published in “5th Wednesday Magazine”. I understand that if you can show any evidence of being able to get published, an agent or publisher is that tiny bit more likely to take a chance on you.
- Become much friendlier on Facebook. This is another indicator of how helpful I am willing to be in marketing my book. It’s now very easy to become my friend on Facebook.
I would like to hear from anyone involved in this getting published struggle. The rules of my blog are pretty simple for now. As long as the comments at least minimally address the themes of the blog – writing, getting published etc. and wouldn’t be considered hate-speech by your average, somewhat liberal internet habitué, they are okay.