May 23, 2010

The journey

          I'm expecting a quiet week on the quest-to-get-published front. The BookExpo America (BEA) is being held in New York. Anyone who is anyone in the publishing industry will be there.
          That means I should not expect to hear from any literary agents this week. I think no news is probably good news. It will be nice to have a break from the anxious waiting game. 
          I plan to take the opportunity to actually concentrate on my writing. Which I have not been doing much of lately. Instead, I've been focusing on building my platform. Any nonfiction writer with hopes of being published has to have one.
          When I hear the word "platform" I think of political parties. But in the publishing world, it refers to an author's presence. You have to establish a following in order to demonstrate to agents and publishers that you can sell books. This is particularly true for nonfiction.
          Before a publisher will even consider a nonfiction book, they want to know someone besides the writer's family and friends will have an interest in reading it. That is understandable. Publishing is a business, and there are significant costs involved in bringing a book to market.
          So I have been diligently working on building my presence and attracting potential readers. The Internet makes that far easier than I imagine it used to be. The problem is - I don't have anything to sell at the moment except for, well, me. And who am I? I'm not a celebrity. I'm not an expert. I'm just an everyday mom who is writing a book about motherhood.
          It will be quite some time before that book is even available for purchase. In the meantime, I have to attract and retain as many followers as possible. So far, I believe it is going well. But this is a marathon, not a sprint. Do I have what it takes to keep the momentum going? Only time will tell. 
          It is the journey, not the destination, that counts in life. I think it is important to remember that. As I have already explained in this post, I don't write to get published. And regardless of how things turns out, I have made connections with the most amazing, fascinating, intelligent and fun people. I'm loving it! Even if my book never gets published, I will value the relationships I am developing. And enjoy the adventure...

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