Just a short post, today — something that should have gone into the discussion on the Max Perkins thread about book publishing’s past and future. Unfortunately, no one addressed the burning question of what writers can or should do until the successors to old-fashioned publishing are well established.
Last year, however, under a screen name too seldom seen nowadays on the Guardian’s books blog or anywhere else, a deep thinker shared some of his startlingly practical and innovative conclusions on this subject with us. His mention of getting ‘above the line’ refers to paid — as opposed to honest yeomen – bloggers on that site, some of whom have also managed to get book contracts.
Comment No. 542652
June 5  10:56
. . . [M] ten volume fantasy cycle ‘The Swordmaiden of Kistovar’ has yet to be accepted by Faber and Faber.
Just a matter of persistence though. And circumventing the restraining order.
Although that puts me in mind of a way of getting above the line here – a series of articles entitled ‘Stalking a Book Deal – using the techniques of Amateur Surveillance to get published.’ Along the lines of …
When building a small hide in a publisher’s back garden you need to consider-
. view of the house
. comfort (you may be there for some time)
. how easily and quickly you can leave the hide clutching a copy of your manuscript and with a hopeful expression.
– next week: “The Angry Publisher in the Attic – securing a captive audience for a reading and making sure the publisher does not renege on their promises concerning your book when they they are no longer your guest.”
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Readers of this blog will, I hope, agree that while yesterday’s newspapers aren’t much good for more than wrapping fish-and-chips, blog archives can be repositories of quite astonishing originality.