Tuesday, February 03, 2009

How to Increase Your Chances

Do you want to increase your chances of finding a publisher, of selling your book? It's easy, though not exactly cheap. No, I'm not suggesting you bribe anyone. Ready?

Buy books.

Yes, that's right. If you want to increase the chances of finding a publisher for your book, buy more books. The book industry is hurting, just like every other industry in America. There have been lay-offs, salary freezes, and one house even froze new acquisitions. Why? Because they aren't selling enough books.

Relative to movies or even cable TV, books provide more entertainment per dollar. You can buy a 400-page book for $6.99 and it will take hours to finish it. And if you buy the right books, you might LEARN something. Not that I don't learn something from every episode of DIRTY JOBS, but you know what I mean.

So take this pledge if you want to increase the market at publishing houses for new titles: Buy one book a week this year. Because if you do, and I do, and every author sending me query letters does, I promise you those publishing houses will be acquiring new titles and hiring new editors darn quick!

Z

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

And buy it from an independent book store if at all possible. They are the ones keeping writers like most of us, who don't write the blockbusters, going, in print.

Jan Erickson
Denver CO

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