Tuesday, March 24, 2009

And now for something completely different

You know what? I was thinking about it and I decided I'm kind of over this whole whats-working-in-this-market thing. I mean, I think it's important to consider the market when writing, don't get me wrong. But I think an alternate point of view is equally important, which is to say:

You should write the book that you love and try to market it and if that doesn't work, try again. A good friend of mine who wrote a very successful first novel once admitted to me that it was actually his eleventh--the first ten he wrote were in boxes under the bed.

If you can't sell your book to a traditional publisher get it out there however you can. So many of my clients self-published first: Laurie Notaro, Will Clarke, Frank Daniels. In fact, go check this out: http://www.myspace.com/nfrankdaniels . Frank's first novel, FUTUREPROOF was published this month by HarperCollins, and the story of how he got there is pretty amazing.

Writing to the market so often doesn't work because it doesn't feel sincere. I know it's corny, but I really do represent books that come from the heart. And to be honest, I'm a true contrarian who loves going against the grain to a certain extent--I get pretty excited about a project I love that I know will be a tough sell. So I'm less worried about the marketability of your project than I am about the emotional truth of what you have to say.

That's my middle-of-the-night-can't-sleep pep talk. More later.


  1. Nice post. Saw the new link on Pub Rants and decided to check it out.

  2. I highly approve of your middle-of-the-night-can't-sleep pep talks. Books that come from the heart... love it!

  3. Congrats on your new venture! Thanks for sharing the fruits of your insomnia with us--very instructive.

  4. Thank you so much...it is so refreshing to hear that!!!

  5. Wish I'd found this earlier!! Adding your blog to my favorites. I'm trying the "self publishing" route, although nothing's hit paper yet. So far just e-books, but it's great knowing readers are actualy enjoying my work.

    Kudos to you Jenny for making the suggestion. That honesty, that bravery, that integrity is probably why you're on top of everyone's dream agent lists.

    You're still on mine, even if you once commented to me that "faeries are so over."

    Keep it real Jenny and thanks for the post, the suggestion and the link.