Thursday, March 02, 2006

Into the Unknown

I was just over at Joe's blog and he was equating writing while not knowing what you are doing (i.e. not having an outline) to being shoved into the outfield while having no knowledge of baseball.

Boy, can I relate to that. Not because I don't use outlines (I do) but because I spent a lot of time in high school standing in the outfield with borrowed glove on my hand wondering what the heck I was going to do if the ball came my way. The bad part of that story is, I never got any better at baseball; I hope that doesn't hold true for my current activities.

With the writing and polishing and tweaking of Postcards . . . suddenly behind me I find myself in the awkward position of having to market it and I really, really suck at that. No, really, I do.

I did manage to find about 50 agents I can send it to, but I want to send a good query/proposal/synopsis/manuscript and not come off like the amateur I am. (I'm not sure how to pull that off when I can't point to other books I have published; it's like not being able to get a job because you don't have any experience but you can't get any experience until someone hires you.)

The secret, I suppose, is not worrying about the areas you can't do anything about (i.e. not having a list of previously published books) and concentrate on those areas you have control over (e.g. query letters, presentation, manuscript).

And there is no secret to that; there are dozens of books in the stores and lots of helpful advice in the blogsphere. It's mostly a matter of studying up on what you need to do until you know how to do it. Easy as snagging a fly ball.

I'm doomed.

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