Monday, October 31, 2016

Ten free days to write the ending of "Lucifer's Forge." I worked Sunday, so Cameron offered to work Thursday.

Todd has an art show on Art Hop Friday downtown, so he'll be home setting that up. He'll be showing his lumberjack animal paintings and robot critters and they're amazing, so I encourage everyone to come see them!

When I finish the book, I'm first going to fix the timeline, and adjust the sequence of chapters accordingly. Then I'm going to go and fix whatever else is a discrepancy.

Then I'm going to start reading all the books about firefighting I can, and make that part of the book as accurate as possible. (Fire porn.) My intention is to read "Young Men and Fire" by Norman Maclean and soak up the feelings and then try to transfer those feelings to my first chapter, where a similar event takes place.

The more telling detail I can put in the book, the better. I suppose I could overdo it, but I can always tone it down in the re-write.

After the research, I will do a thorough rewrite, taking the time to do it right.  

I'll have to make a decision when I'm finished about what to do with it.

If I publish a book that I think is good by myself and it sells only five copies, will that be OK? I mean, I'll KNOW it's a good book, and sales are not a reflection of quality. So I do this thing where I know that I've done something really good but only I know it and there is a certain subversive pleasure in that. (Weird, this hiding my light under a bushel.)

In a way, I think of the store. I knew how much work and effort and creativity I was expending on the store and no one else did, except maybe Linda. And it was mostly a struggle, all the work seeming to be for naught, and yet I knew that I was Ginger Rogers dancing backward in high heels and there was a satisfaction knowing that. (A comic store in Bend, Oregon is Ginger.)

Plus it will be pure. That is, the Horror market probably won't be interested in it, but to get to a market that would be interested, I'd have to try to get an agent, and then--I'm guessing--compromise with either an agent or publisher, plus at the bare minimum, wait for a couple of years for this book to come out.

So I write a good book and I put it out there and let it speak for itself.

Except--unlike the store where all those years of effort finally paid off--I have very little confidence that the same thing will happen to my book. An ignored book remains an ignored book--no matter how good it is.

That's just the way it is.


Dave Cline said...

I wonder if with a self-published book (or any published book), one buys 20-40 copies and uses something like to fairydust sprinkle them around. Airports, starbucks, bars, lobbies of government buildings or doctors or big businesses would appear to provide fertile ground for getting one's work out into the world. Hell, you could even take your book into the local libraries and either ask to have it stamped with a tag or just pose it in one of the end-aisle locations.

Or just pick 10 or 20 random people you have addresses for (or mid-grade or highschool teachers...), and buy them a copy. If you figure a budge of ~$200 you might get lucky and get your money back. Or even luckier and randomly hit the jackpot and get someone with to read and write about your work.

Duncan McGeary said...

I encourage you to try all these methods and tell me if they work. :)