2013-07-09 – After pitching my book at the Printers Row Lit Fest last month, I arranged a 45 minute consultation with organizers of Lit Fest Pitchapalooza, the Book Doctors. The consultation was yesterday.
Getting a book published is a big overwhelming deal. I actually work in the publishing business and I don’t have more than the slightest clue of what to do. People think that writing a book is a big deal, but my background made the writing part not so much of a problem. I’m not saying that the writing part of it wasn’t a big project, but I basically know how to do that part of it.
I feel like my son the chef. He graduated culinary school just last year and he’s gotten himself jobs in some high-class restaurants. He wants, someday, to open his own restaurant. He thought it would happen really soon. But as he got into the business, he learned there was a lot more to it than cooking food.
Same with writing a novel. I’ve cooked the book (well, that sounds wrong already!) but I don’t yet have a plate to put it on, or wait staff, or tables, or customers. That’s the missing piece. And it’s a big piece.
So my consultation went well. I’m in the midst of a rewrite that was triggered, partially, by my experience at Pitchapalooza. But now, I have a bunch of other “assignments” that should help me in selecting and approaching agents and publishers when the current rewrite is complete.