Final Drafts, and Proofs, and PR Agents, Oh My!

For years, I thought publication would be the ultimate goal. That once that happened, things would line up perfectly for me as a writer–literary agents and PR agents and interviews and book signings would fall out the sky, waiting for me to pick from them like fruit on a tree.

Turns out, this is not the case.

And it turns out that signing a book contract, as wonderful as that was, was only the next step in a long process of work–not the writing work that I’ve become so accustomed to and which I consider myself pretty adept at, but work like trying to set up book signings and looking for PR agents to supplement the one who works with my publisher, and building a fan base on Goodreads, and building a website, and…and….

My final draft is in (one hurdle jumped!), the proofs are coming out in 6 months, I’ve got someone who’s going to build an awesome website for me, and I’m working on the rest.

In the meantime, I’m looking at fellow writers, people who work in the book industry, people who have successfully self-published, people’s experiences with small publishers, big six publishers, anything you can think of. Your tips? Your plans? Your PR agents? Where does a writer go after publication is secured and they have a product to sell? What’s worked for you? What hasn’t?

 

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About thebaffledkingcomposing

Pamela DiFrancesco is a writer with a community college degree in journalism, a fancy art school degree in fiction and a penchant for community organizing. A native of Pennsylvania coal country, Pamela lives in Astoria, Queens, writes, and does whatever else it takes to pay the bills. In the past, Pamela has worked for newspapers and taught children journalism in an after-school program. Pamela's fiction can be found on the web at Cezanne's Carrot and Monkeybicycle, in print in The Carolina Quarterly (who nominated "The Chuck Berry Tape Massacre" for the Best American Mystery Writing anthology) and forthcoming in The New Ohio Review. When not writing, Pamela practices acts of love and kindness in hopes of a radically different world, and is preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse through acts of badassery.
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