I suspect I am like many aspiring authors. I overindulge in research on how to get published, lessons learned by established authors and the like.
She focused more on human behavior and less on nuts and bolts. Which is not to say she didn’t touch on a few nuts, like these two.
- Blurbs achieve almost nothing, everyone in publishing knows it, and everyone in publishing hates them. [I knew it. I just knew it. None of my favorite authors seem to share my taste in books.]
- But a really good blurb from the right person can, occasionally, make a book take off. [So, I guess she’s thinking Oprah or Stephen King.]
But what I really liked was her attitude:
Sometimes good books sell well; sometimes good books sell poorly; sometimes bad books sell well; sometimes bad books sell poorly. A lot about publishing is unfair and inscrutable. [Emphasis mine.] But…
…you don’t need anyone else’s approval or permission to enjoy the magic of writing — of sitting by yourself, figuring out which words should go together [I love that.] to express whatever it is you’re trying to say.
Brava, Curtis. Useful and comforting at the same time. Just what aspiring authors need.