I don't know about you, but I like to keep a running list of all the things I want to accomplish in life. You know, to whip out when I'm ready for a good bout of self-loathing. All the "shouldas" and even a couple "wouldas"—just for good measure.
Now, in the interest of time, I'm not going to bore you with every single item on my list. (And also in the interest of general interest.) But one thing I am going to talk about is something I recently did accomplish: I wrote a book. It's something I've been meaning to do for a while now.
Well, okay, what I wrote is technically not a book yet. It's more like 73,000-word story that oozed from my brain over the last two-ish years. Some people might call that a manuscript, but even that sounds way too formal for what it is. It's more of a bookling—sort of could be a book when it grows up, but not quite yet.
Anyway, as great as it feels to write that, there's a catch: by crossing this particular goal off my list, it seems that my list isn't one bit shorter. Because now that I've written the bookling, I've had to add a new goal to my list: getting that little baby bookling published into a real, live, hold-in-your-hands book.
Which should be the easy part, right? Like, now that I took all this time to write the bookling, I should be able to drop it off at the publisher's and start getting my copies churned out. That's the way it should work, don't you think?
Well, sadly, this does not appear to be the case.
I mean, I can self-publish my book, which would be pretty darn close to a "drop and churn" method. But now that I've spent all this time working on my bookling, I want to at least see if she's got what it takes to make it in the big leagues—to be published by a traditional publishing company.
And that, it turns out, is apparently even harder than writing the bookling itself. Go figure.
So that's where I'm at now. I have a vague idea of how one might go about getting a publishing deal (although I'm no more an expert on the subject than my bookling is an actual book). I've got big dreams for both of us, though. I'm hoping that by the time my beta readers finish reading my bookling, both the bookling and I will be that much closer to figuring this whole thing out.
In the meantime, though, I'm open to any information/advice/warnings, if you've got 'em. And if you don't, I'm open to good jokes too. Apparently, the publishing business can be a mean, cutthroaty kinda place—so God knows I'll need 'em.