Written by Zackary Richards for Ari Publishing
Writers are great when it comes to creating wonderful fantasy environments. Places like Hogwarts, Narnia, the Dark Tower and so on. But there’s a problem…
Too often they live in one!
My name is Zackary Richards. I’m a writer, publisher, and entrepreneur. Look me up on Google (make sure you spell my name right) and you’ll see that I’m featured extensively on the first ten pages. I also teach creative writing, book marketing and sell publishing related products such as books, videos, and how-to courses. And because of this, I have been branded a hack, a huckster and a rip off artist.
But I make a comfortable living and those who berate me usually have no idea how the publishing industry works and have never had a book published by a traditional publisher.
Now this applies to aspiring novelists only. If you’ve already secured a publishing deal and want to argue the issue, go do something else. Those struggling need hard facts, not someone to reinforce their fantasy.
So here goes… If you are writing book after book, query after query and submitting them to agents and publishers in the hope that one of them will see the astounding raw talent you possess and immediately sign you up to a book deal…
You will very likely die broke in some cheap hotel.
Why? Because the odds of that happening are exactly the same as winning the lottery! Don’t believe me? Then let’s look at two of the most successful creative people in the last half century: The Beatles and J.K Rowling.
If you lived through the sixties, then you know firsthand the astounding success and influence the Beatles had on just about every aspect of society. Fifty years later, Paul McCartney is still selling out massive arenas.
But as amazingly talented as they were, no one would sign them. And the only reason EMI (the Beatles English record company) did finally agree, was because Brian Epstein, their manager, convinced the executives that the Beatles enormous fan base would buy any record they created and by doing so, would offset the record production costs.
It wasn’t because the executives thought their music was any good. In fact, they assigned a record producer who did only comedy albums.
It just so happened that George Martin was also perhaps the greatest record producer in history, but they had no way of knowing that at the time.
J.K. Rowling, the creator of the incredible Harry Potter series? Harry Potter was turned down by every book publisher in England, including her original publisher. The only reason she didn’t receive that rejection letter was because one of the company’s top executive’s daughter just happened to read the manuscript and begged her father to reconsider and publish it. Reluctantly, he did. The rest is history.
Want more? Look up how Scott Adams, Dilbert’s creator landed his deal or how Dr. Seuss got his. Amazing good luck to amazingly talented people.
Are you an amazingly lucky person? Does everything work out for you? Does good fortune follow you like a little puppy? If so, leave now. You need to make preparations for fame and fortune.
Here’s a question you need to answer honestly. Do you have a crappy life and are writing feverishly in the hope that you’ll be discovered and whisked off to a life of fame and fortune? Then I say…
Hello, my name is Mr. Rourke and this is my associate Tattoo. Welcome to Fantasy Island!
Here are some things that will be very helpful to know if you want a publishing deal.
- What is the accepted format for manuscript submissions?
- What does the phrase “As you know, Bob,” mean?
- What is the first five page rule?
- What are the KISS and pick one rules?
- What are writers conferences?
- What is the MOST IMPORTANT THING TO KNOW before you start writing your book?
If you don’t know what they are, you need to!
Why? Because your book will likely be reviewed by a college intern, looking to make it in the publishing industry and so, a lack of professional editing, or incorrect spacing, or the use of a plot contrivance or a number of other no-nos will likely garner your book an automatic rejection.
Here’s the link to my book. https://www.amazon.com/Write-Publish-Market-Novel-Bestseller-ebook/dp/B00EHYIMCI/ref=sr_1_7?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1468685703&sr=1-7&keywords=zackary+richards#nav-subnav
Click on the cover and read the first chapter. Then read the reviews. That should give you a general idea of how informative the book is and how the industry works.