Molly (fairest1) wrote in binky_betsy,
Molly
fairest1
binky_betsy

An article that reminded me of Mike . . .

How to Become an Author in 5 Incredibly Difficult Steps.

So let's review how closely Mike followed the outline . . .

Getting the Attention of a Publisher
(note that with the October letter it says he has a contract but in January it says he submitted it as an unsolicited manuscript).

Finding a Publishable Idea
There is worse on the shelves. Let's just call it an idea.

Doing an assload of research
Not buying that one. The letters don't take on the tone of someone who'd done a lot of research. IME, it'd be easier to buy if he mentioned trying to figure out how to include a cool detail on railway porters of the era.

Editing and Editing and Editing
There is no indication that he did this beyond having Elly proofread, and possibly running spellcheck.

Collecting your shitty money
Mike had no agent, so he wouldn't need to pay agent fees, but he'd still need to pay taxes on that 25k -- and, as the article points out, he's getting about a buck a book, so he'll need to sell 25k books before he sees another dollar for his work.
Subscribe

  • Monday, 25 October 2021

    The one where Elly reminds John that she lives and dies by what other people think of her. Synopsis: When John has the temerity to question Elly's…

  • Sunday, 24 October 2021

    The dialogue-free one that predicts how and why Farley will die. Panel 1: As John rakes the leaves in the background, we find April crunching a…

  • Saturday, 23 October 2021

    The one where Lynn reminds us that she really doesn't understand teenage boys at all. Synopsis: Mike, Brian, Lawrence and Nodrog (might as well…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 22 comments

  • Monday, 25 October 2021

    The one where Elly reminds John that she lives and dies by what other people think of her. Synopsis: When John has the temerity to question Elly's…

  • Sunday, 24 October 2021

    The dialogue-free one that predicts how and why Farley will die. Panel 1: As John rakes the leaves in the background, we find April crunching a…

  • Saturday, 23 October 2021

    The one where Lynn reminds us that she really doesn't understand teenage boys at all. Synopsis: Mike, Brian, Lawrence and Nodrog (might as well…