Writer seeks readers: possible LTR
May 13, 2012 4:59 PM Subscribe
Tell me stories of people finding unusual routes to getting their books to readers. I have written a book and would love to hear about people who found readers through more DIY channels. Not interested so much in how to self-publish, as in hearing stories to help me find the next step for my creation.
posted by bobbyno to media & arts (20 answers total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
I have written a book. I started it 4 years ago and have been steadily writing and reworking since then. A while ago, I wrote a query, researched agents and submitted my work to the publishing world. I made myself submit to at least 100 agents before I quit, and I reached that mark, and then some. There was some interest, at least 3 saw a complete manuscript. No one made an offer. Ok.
So back to writing. I dug deep and got the book to a point where I really felt good about it; I feel wonderful about it, in fact.
My quandary is that I don't know where to go from here. I am not going to submit it to agents--and subsequently publishers--now. Let's assume for the purpose of this question that this is off the table.
If I knew what was next, I wouldn't be asking this question. And if I had any idea of what direction to go, this question wouldn't be so vague. I've followed my heart and visions so far, and they've led me to a awesome book. The problem is, now all I am hearing from them is "get the book to the people."
I am not interested in paying to make copies of the book myself, only to have them sit around the house. I am interested in somehow getting the book in front of the people who are meant to read it.
Do you have have any stories of writers who have found an audience, not necessarily fame and fortune, through unconventional channels? Again, if I knew the exact type of thing I am looking for, I wouldn't be asking!
Thank you so much in advance for any help; this site has always been delightfully helpful!