After Writing a Book what nextWriting a book, what now?
After the publication of my book, what happens? "Douglas Gibson
It is interesting that the paper came into the possession of the Saturday Night Journal editorial staff who released it. There, this objective working paper was publicized as "Humor" and nomination for a national journal award in this group. Well, having traversed no man's country and become an writer myself, I do not think the following applies to me and that my book will, uh, turn out to be extraordinary.
When your book is released, the whole wide globe will happily run without even noticing the new book and completely uninfluenced by it. However, in the coming few month you will experience a number of even greater confusion and disappointment. Don't wait to see your book in a bookshop door.
If, by some chance, you find a copy of your book in a shopcase, it must be knocked over and will be blanched, spoiled and covered by fallen bugs. It is in fact a physics rule of the universes that no bookshop can contain both an individual writer and an inventory of her work.
Do not impersonate a member of the general population and ask for a copy of your book at the bookshop. You' ll find out that the book is (a) out of circulation; (b) not yet released; (c) long out of circulation; or (d) gross and not the kind of things the shop would have on its shelf.
When you are not smart enough to ask the seller how the book will be sold, they will tell you that there is no need for it because it is too expensive, in the incorrect size and/or poorly spelled; a competing book on the same topic is then highly commended. When you ask a bookstore why the book is out of storage or not sells well, they will accuse the publishers.
Once the book is released, you are required to deliver a free copy to everyone in the land you know by name. You' ll be suffering from the general feeling that an essayist will receive at least a thousand free prints of her book, which she keeps in boxes in her cellar or workshop or under her bedroom until she can pass them on to all her deserved cronies.
If one of these worthy acquaintances approaches you and asks for a free copy, you are blaming your miserly editor for not having any more free ones. Then, announce that you pass by a bookshop by chance and ask your boyfriend to take you there so you can sign his copy with a cordial sign.
There will be a huge and lush celebration to which your mates will be called. Debt your publishers that they are too cheap to afford such a festival and reassure all your boyfriends that they would actually have been called. Your friend will call you at 11pm on a Saturday to tell you that her shop has no supply of your book and that the cashier has never even known.
Accuse your editor of this condition, lay down and comfort yourself with the thought that a lesser copy of the Act on Writers and their Letters in Bookshops is true of the authors' friends: an author's boyfriend will almost never find a copy of the author's book in a bookshop.
Your friend will be happy to provide you with a book misprint report. As dubious as the report may be, thank the editor and accuse him. A few of your best friend will try to encourage you by saying that although the book is not sold in bookshops, there is a long waitinglist for it in their libraries.
So if you hold this waitlist responsible for not being able to open your book yourself, do not give them the appropriate amount of bucks and suggest that they can now buy a copy. Your friend will recall that he or she has seen or heard poor book reviewing.
You will be able to reproduce these critiques down to the smallest detail. However, good critiques will only be vague in your memory, and you will only be sure that the critic seemed to like the book in most cases. Any review of your book will be published either too early or too later.
In the event that it is contested, the book in dispute will put this situation against your publishing house. Don't ever think you'll find a book that you' ll find useful and useful in improving your writing skills. There are no such critiques - nor are there any of the holy writers.
You' ll find that in the printed press, ratings come in six categories: good ratings that come from the covers copy, slightly transcribed, and that the book pretty much sum up and make it interesting and buyable; these ratings are scarce. good ratings that do not appear on the covers copy, but that the book pretty much sum up and make it sounds interesting and purchaseable; these ratings are very seldom. good ratings that represent the book completely wrong, praise its deliciu[ Read
The book contains a number of good, harmonious book responses, which invariably work up to a "but" at the end of the book, which ( "but" in the proven Canada style) was created to keep the writer modest; these responses make the reviewers very reasonable and are the most frequent of all. Poor ratings that make it clear that the critic himself could be writing a much better book; if the critic is a journalist on the relevant piece of writing material, the rating will almost certainly be of this kind ý poor ratings that have been posted by the man known as your biggest foe in the worid; he got your book to be reviewed because the bookreader wants a little bit of courage and courage on his side.
Here, as in all businesses with critics and appraisers, neither you nor your mum should be mixed up in any kind of communication without contacting your publishing house. When you are intervieweed about your book for a journal or news item, don't be amazed if the story focuses on your interest in tomato cultivation or on the fortunate heat that permeates your home while you ignore your book and writing outright. These interventions are meant to lend color to the boring fog that we all know as writers.
When you are intervieweed on TV or television, you are assuming that your respondents have not been reading your book. A ten-second look at the book cover before the beginning of the interviews is apparently considered adequate in an area where the insignia of real professionality is the capacity to babble happily and seemingly cleverly on topics of which one is completely ignored.
They know what the book is about, the interviewers don't, so you should direct their questioning to what they should be. And if you are stupid enough to ask (off-camera, of course) why the interviewers didn't see your book, they will hold the editor responsible for not having sent him a copy.
It will be a false reproach; book publishing houses, like the weatherman, largely existed to deliver a subject of discussion on which all kinds of human beings can conveniently reach an agreement. Autographs are only given in bookshops because bookselling executives are incorrigible upholders. Previous experiences show that only those who are known not to write a book (e.g. sport celebrities, TV celebrities, axe-killers, former premier-minister, or their alienated lovers) lure satisfying multitudes into a bookshop.
Nevertheless, there is a chance that at some point in the lifetime of your book you will be asked to an autograph-show. Sitting there, surrounded by a tower of copies of your book and supported by an inflated photo of you fifteen years ago, you will have a great chance to meet a bookselling man.
They will take a very close look at their timepieces and name some of the clients who have asked to come and see you, but have obviously been hindered because it is so cool, warm, icy, moist, breezy and good for the garden after the damp and winds. Distract the discussion from this ingenious subject and ask a question that illuminates the bookshop staff's passion and knowledg.
They may also give employees the feeling that you are an interested, thoughtful individual; to alleviate their debt, they will then drive your book forward. When assessing autograph lessons, think of Gibson's golden rule: to sell a book in a half-hour autograph lesson is normal, to sell more is a hit, to sell less is a disillusion.
Under these conditions, your only sensible course is to keep your book short and concise and to say the name of your book out loud at the beginning and end. Exactly the same conditions as at the autograph session in the book trade are valid here. If he waited twenty-minute longer, he will present you with either the book name or your name misunderstood (rarely both) and then fall into an illusory stand-off as you do.
Unfortunately, while autographs are prone to suffering from an excess of copy of your book, copy will seldom be available for purchase at your reading, and never at your well-attended reading. Put the guilt on your editor. Keep in mind that every writer always goes through a time of faith, that the whole wide globe is in a plot to avoid people talking and buying about her book.
When the torment becomes too much to endure, put the guilt on your editor. Torment will gradually dissipate, and over the course of the day you may be thinking of writing another book.