While people are all full of “keep it real” advice for those going into self-publishing, nobody really gives the “keep it real” advice to those still seeking book deals. Nobody gave me any advice and I admittedly didn’t know my ass from a hole in the ground. I’m not even sure I read past the advance amount and due dates. LOL Seriously. Certainly I didn’t understand how to put the small print into context of what I would do if my book experienced moderate, midlist success. I went in with BESTSELLER on my mind–which was just stupid. Hopeful, but stupid.
What’s the one piece of advice I would give to an author making a book deal today?
Don’t make a 1990’s deal in a 2014 marketplace.
Yesterday I was so excited to get an email announcing that Son of a Itch – A J.J. McCall Novel was the winner of the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, a pretty incredible honor given the number of entrants they have in this contest each year. I’m in awe anytime I think of a panel of judges in the industry having multiple choices to select from — and still choosing mine.
How did this all happen?