We hear those supporting the idea of dumping traditional publishing entirely. Others claim the success stems from the query letter. Others yell of marketing and successful blogging. It seems that writers are desperate to find this easy fix, much the same way that so many people run to their local drug store or vitamin supplement story to find the latest "Dr. Oz solution to weight loss."
Unfortunately, all of these people are wrong. Today, ladies and gentlemen. I bring to you the real solution. The ultimate answer you have all been looking for to be successful in this business of publishing.
But, before I do, let me say that many of these people who have come before me are not necessarily wrong. Great marketing, a good query letter, finding the right publisher and so forth are indeed great approaches that will certainly enhance that career of yours. They are not wrong! But, at the same time, they are not entirely correct either.
I see you are still wanting me to divulge the true answer to your success in publishing.
I present to you.... the solution.
Write a good book.
That's right. You have to write a great book. Let me say, however, that there are some things we have to remember when I say this.
- I am not saying to write a book that gets publicity because people said "I have to read this to figure out all of the hype about it." Books like this are getting attention because people are curious and not necessarily because it is good.
- I am not saying to write a story that has a great character. We're talking about the full book here. All 300 + pages of text and not just those moments when the character walks on stage.
- I am not saying to write great dialogue. Remember there is a thing called narration that goes along with it. There needs to be a balance.
As I looked at all of the poor reviews in the RT Magazine, I can clearly see why the review said what it did? It wasn't just some "negative and subjective reviewer who didn't know her butt from a hot rock." It was, in all likelihood a book that was far from good.
Think writers! The answer is right in front of your eyes.