I have a very good friend from Baltimore in the USA. She is one of the finest natural writers that I have ever read, yet she has not yet had a book published. Yesterday I asked myself why that should be?
Her writing flows perfectly; the dialogue is natural, the plots are interesting, her characters are true to the genre and she is willing to adapt to a publisher’s demands.
So why are publishers not queuing up with offers?
The answer is simple.
Luck. That first published book depends on luck as much as anything else.
My first book was away back in 1990. It was a small book. I sent the manuscript into a publisher entirely on spec and was surprised to receive a letter [this was well before electronic communication] a few weeks later asking me to call on him. He was not in the slightest bit interested in the book I had offered, but he had read a small article on pubs in Edinburgh I had written a few weeks before and, as he was a dedicated drinking man, he wanted to meet me.
He published that book of mine: Scottish Battles. Nothing to do with beer but everything to do with luck.
At present my writing is on a bit of a roll. I have a book The Real Mean City: Crime in 19th century Glasgow, due out on the 18th April and another The Dundee Whaling Fleet about to be sent to the printers. I have just completed the second draft of a book on 19th century Highland Crime and yesterday received a cotract for another whaling book. Added to that there is a possibility I could have another novel: The Dundee Murders coming out later this summer. That one depends on the agreement of the publisher.
How so many in the one year? Luck; pure and simple. With the addition of hundreds of hours of hard work in researching and writing of course.
So I sincerely hope that Lady Luck decides to descend on my good friend in Baltimore. Or even a publisher looking for an excellent writer of dark fantasy. Her name? Krista Krueger and she blogs on WordPress as KompletelyKrista.
Go on, Luck: have a look. . . you won’t be disappointed.
I wish you all the very best on this Easter Sunday