June 15, 2016
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Hair in All the Wrong Places by Andrew Buckley
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What has he done?
What’s happening to him?
And what on Earth is that smell?
For Colin Strauss, puberty stinks. Blackouts, hallucinations, and lapses in memory are the perils of growing up werewolf.
Worse than that, Colin worries he might have had something to do with the recent attacks on the townspeople. He may have eaten a person. It doesn’t matter that it’s someone he doesn’t particularly like. What kind of boy goes around eating people?
Foolishly, all Colin can think about is how Becca Emerson finally kissed him for the first time. Yep, hormones are afoot. Yikes!
But girls will have to wait. Collin better get himself under control before someone else ends up hurt or worse . . . dead.
Hair in All the Wrong Places by Andrew Buckley
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Road to Publication (and other stories)
I can sum up my road to publication in a single word: Twitter. I met some people via twitter, we shared a similar sense of humor, they read my work, they offered a publishing contract. Kapow! Published. Okay so it wasn’t quite as simple as all that. It took six years of refining my first manuscript, receiving hundreds (yes, hundreds) of rejections from publishers and literary agents before my first novel was published. I built a platform as an author during that time, created a website, put in the hours on social media, met new people, created a podcast series, interacted, and, most importantly, kept writing.
Today I’m represented by one of New York’s top Literary Agents at the Trident Media Group. I have two different publishers and as of June 7th will have four books on the market. The road to publication is not straight and narrow, not even remotely . . . and here’s why . . .
Remember in the third Star Trek movie (the original ones, not the ones that have that lens flare problem) when they were working on terraforming planets? They’d fire a missile into a dead planet and lush life would begin to grow, an atmosphere would develop, and it’d be a completely different place than before. That’s what’s happened to the literary world over the past decade. It’s been terraformed.
Traditional publishing was the landscape 10-15 years ago. Literary agents were the gate keepers. This all changed as soon as the internet suddenly became a viable source for selling, well, pretty much anything. Want a book? Go online. Need a kitchen appliance? Go online. Looking for that walrus cleaning kit you’ve always wanted? It probably exists online somewhere (always keep your walrus clean, that’s just good common sense).
So how do authors survive in this new alien world? The answer is a simple one: Who the hell knows? There is absolutely no way to predict what will work and what won’t work. How does Twilight fan fiction turn into an international bestselling erotic novel that, in turn, leads to a film option and movie development deal? The genesis of E.L James’ runaway success is all ‘right place, right time.’ And maybe more importantly ‘right audience’.
Here are some simple facts and rules to help you survive this new world, and how to avoid getting eaten by a giant, pink, sticky, alien:
There is no magic bullet – There is no easy way. Getting published, whether it’s self, indie, or traditional, is still going to take a ton of hard work on your part. And even then, it might not work. You may still end up at Starbucks asking people if they want whipped cream on their grande americano.
Social media is standard – Don’t like social media? Too bad. It’s the basic standard of marketing yourself. Don’t Tweet? Figure it out. Don’t like Facebook? Ha! Doesn’t matter, you still need it. It’s time consuming, and it’s easy to fall into the ‘spam trap’. Posting your work is fine, but make sure you include personal posts. And above all make sure you interact! It’s called social media for a reason.
Finish him! – (Mortal Kombat reference, anyone?…no? Okay then…) Content is key, finish those books, write those blog posts, push content out the door as much as humanly possible without killing yourself.
Write what you’re good at – That sparkly vampire book did pretty good, maybe I should write a vampire novel? No, don’t. Everyone has particular styles and particular genres. Stick at what you’re good at. Don’t write because it’s a trend because chances are that trend will change and you’ll miss it entirely.
Self-publishing means self-control – If you’re walking the self-publishing road then make sure you have the proper amount of respect for the craft. To paraphrase sci-fi author Matthew Graybosch, you control your work, so no excuses! Hire an editor, get a cover artist, work with a formatter. Make your work shine before putting it on display.
Queer queries – If you’re going to try and traditionally or indie publish then make sure you put the requisite amount of work into the query. “I present to you my work of genius! No one has written anything like this before and it will be a bestseller in no time,” is not going to get anyone to read your sample chapters.
Network your ass off – You’re not alone. Learn from those that have come before you and from those sitting in the same boat as you AND from those who haven’t the faintest idea what they’re doing. Everyone has a different experience and, whether good or bad, you can learn from that experience.
The changes aren’t over. This isn’t the end. The terraforming will continue. As authors, publishers, literary agents, and others of the literary persuasion we’ll all need to learn how to adapt. There will be new initiatives, groundbreaking concepts, developing technologies, and who knows what else? It’s a great time to be an author, and it’s a horrible time to be an author. Your best chance at survival is to work hard. Sure it’s an old-timey concept but it still works. Anything worth doing is not going to be easy.
Make your own magic.
Create amazing stories.
Speak to your audience.
And above all else… don’t forget to clean your walrus.
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