STILL BREATHING by E.A. Fournier ***Excerpt -- Guest Post with the Author, learn some of the pitfalls on the path to publication -- Giveaway***
Women’s FictionDate Published: November 17, 2018Designer: DamonzaPublisher: Acorn Publishing
Without money, a passport, clothes, or medications, Lizzie is forced to start over and find a way to survive.
Guest Post by Author E.A. Fournier
1. Not Enough
Pitfalls on the Path to Publication
A pitfall is a trap. Camouflaged by a flimsy covering, it’s a deep hole used to capture unwary prey. I’m on my own publication journey with my second book and, honestly, I’ve tumbled into a few pits already.
My first book was self-published using Amazon KDP. I did the writing, rewriting and proofing. I designed the cover, paid for help to format/encode the book, staged giveaways on Goodreads, begged for reviews and fought to get it noticed. Sadly, my novel’s nose never lifted above the sea of other titles.
I call this first pitfall the trap of “not enough.”
“Not enough” is the fearful faucet dripping in the back of your brain. The story wasn’t good enough, the writing wasn’t thrilling or lyrical or funny enough. If only the cover was more grabby. There weren’t enough reviews, not enough virtual interviews, or actual signings; not enough Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. Not promoted soon enough, or long enough, or…just not enough buzz.
You’re muttering, “This post isn’t helpful enough.” Sorry. I’m still a work in progress.
2. The Agent Trap
I heard that the best thing I could do to help myself was write another book. So, I did. I’m not short of ideas. Three years later, here I am with a women’s fiction title. It’s a better story, better written and with wider appeal. I should get representation. Surely, agents know how to avoid the pitfall of “not enough.”
I learned to write query letters. I researched agents and agencies, policies and idiosyncrasies. I studied publishers and contracts. I joined Query Tracker, explored critique groups, sharpened my submissions, made lists, sent materials, followed up, tracked results and listened to experts. After six months and 142 rejections (most in the form of non-replies) I gave up.
I call this pitfall “the agent trap.”
Getting an agent happens—at least I’ve read about it—but for me it amounted to six months of sitting at the bottom of another damp and depressing pitfall.
3. Hybrid Publishing
So, my current efforts find me with a hybrid publishing company whose owners fell in love with my writing at a workshop. With their help I was paired with a wonderful editor, guided to a cover design company, shepherded through KDP and introduced to new distribution channels. They taught me to build a better author platform, assisted in blog tours, secured book reviews and kept me sane. (Yes, they also cost me $$ and time—nothing is free.)
Will it make a difference? One can hope. If I’m being honest, though, I’m not sure. I may be finally striding down my path to publication or just sitting at the bottom of a new pit.
In the meantime, while I wait to find out, I’m 15,000 words into my third book.
About the Author
Originally from South Minneapolis, Gene Fournier earned a BA in Philosophy & Literature from St. Louis University followed by a Masters in Film from USC. Gene is a member of the Writers Guild of America West (WGA) and worked as a screenwriter and editor in Hollywood, but sadly, he never got that big break.
Seeking a return to his roots after twelve years in California, he accepted a Director of Media position with a multinational company headquartered in the Midwest. For thirty years he wrote, directed, edited and distributed corporate video programs around the world, managed live presentations, and orchestrated the creative elements for national and international meetings.
Retired now, with his seven children grown, and a dozen grandchildren to distract him, Gene is finally able to write down the stories he’s been carrying in his head all these years.