It’s All Rachelle Gardner’s Fault.

As I said in my last post, I subscribe to Author’s Publish Magazine. It has a lot of encouraging words for the poor hopeful saps who read the articles and sigh, thinking, These guys made it into print so maybe I can, too. Especially of interest to me are the ones that begin something like, Do This, Don’t Do That. Or 12 Ways To Be Sure No One Will Read Your Query.

I opened one issue and followed threads that began with Jane Friedman and led to Rachelle Gardner.

The title of the article was 13 Ways to Convince a Literary Agent to Represent You. I’d read enough to know it’s better to win a contract with a reputable publishing house than taking the self publishing route. Also made clear was a bumbling naif like me needs an agent to secure said contract. Agents know which dues must be paid. They’ve paid theirs. It’s why they’re writing articles wannabes are reading.

While I read my head’s nodding. Yeah. Boy, am I glad I came across this. Good point. Essentially, she said: No story line can be original but you can make it your own by putting something unique and wholly YOU into the telling. Be aware of what the public is buying in the genre you’ve chosen and how your book will fit in. Be market savvy and prepare the groundwork for your book’s sales. Be serious: writing is a craft, an art. Write a really great book. Be professional and willing to put in some hard hours toward your success.

And then, the thing that caught my attention: Have some social media presence. Anyone can have at least a modicum of fame if they have a following and if you have loyal followers you can most likely sell books.

Join social media sites. Create postings. Blog. Make hashtags. Follow and be followed. Okay. I can do this. I was likely the cause of AOL putting the kibosh to surcharges as a means to connect to their network. EZ Mart beefed up their sign-on security after I filed my taxes on the graveyard shift one night. You bet. I can create a website. I WILL blog.

It was not the single most frustrating exercise of my life but definitely that month. Create a column and when I finished pasting the next one the first has migrated to the bottom of the page. And where the @#% are my pictures? Aggravation notwithstanding, I stuck with it and was launched.

And it’s all your fault Ms. Gardner. I was convinced by the incisive guidance of that article. Joining Pinterest was smart. No sooner do I read one thing I’ve saved before my eye is caught by something I didn’t realize I wanted to learn.

You said pique the interest right away. Have a catchy title. I’m willing to bet if you see the title to this blog you’re going to read it. And if you read it you could possibly #follow me. Hope you don’t mind me #following you. I promise not to send flowers or call and hang up. If you’ll agree to be my agent, that is.

Seriously, thank you for the #information.

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