I posted this in my writing blog, but you know what? I’m going to post it here, too, because it’s damn important.
A number of good and/or popular books have gone on to achieve success after a number of rejections from publishers and agents, such as Lord of the Flies, Harry Potter, Gone with the Wind, Carrie, Little Women, Animal Farm, and Dune.
I’m not comparing my work to those brilliant novels, nor am I saying I’m as good as any of the authors who wrote them.
However, it does offer a glimmer of hope.
I’ve written some terrible things — and after they were rejected, I’d eventually look at them and think, Lol, yeah, they were right. This is complete shit.
But, not this. Not The Adventures and Shenanigans of Bastien Falco. I know this book needs to be in people’s homes and read. This manuscript needs to see the light of day, and after over two years, I’m not giving up on it. I’ve put blood, sweat, and tears into this baby, and I edited the hell out of it. It’s been both praised and torn apart by beta readers and creative writing workshops.
I spent countless hours just world-building and filling my notebook up with notes.
These characters are very dear to me, and I’m not giving up on them. I have a host of unfinished works or works that I never really spent much time on, but whenever I thought about giving up on this novel, I had friends who urged me to keep going. I mean, honest friends. (Believe me, if my writer friends think something is shitty, they will say so. That’s why we’re all good writers.)
So, after so many rejections, I began to wonder. Is it me? Do my queries suck? Does my novel suck? Is this just not the type of fantasy that agents are looking for? Is the fantasy market just that over saturated?
Countless Google searches never fully answered my questions. I revised my queries I don’t know how many times. I stayed up late researching the agents I was querying to, to see what they liked.
But no more.
I’m going to do this myself. So, I looked into Smashwords and CreateSpace. I looked into where to send my novel to get it reviewed. And, I asked an artist friend if she would want to draw the cover art for me. In the past, she charged $30 for each picture. Below are her stunning interpretations of a few of my female characters:
Gorgeous, right? (Check out her work on DeviantArt. Username is JoyeCh0.)
However, most artists charge more for works that contain more than one character, and for works that receive revenue. Understandably so!! So, I asked her how much, and she said for all four of my main characters, it would come up to about $120.
That’s so reasonable, I could cry.
But… I’m also dirt poor. (Seriously, my house is falling apart.)
And I’m a recent graduate with a shitty job situation. Yay.
I’m really struggling and grasping at straws here, guys. I’m also looking to raise $100 for promo costs.
I mean, the internet is a vast place. If I could get one dollar from 220 people, I would be so super set.
I started with friends and family first. I asked my parents also to help me reach out to others. So far, I’ve raised $45.
I’M SO CLOSE I CAN ALMOST TASTE IT.
Look, this is painful, guys. I hate asking for money. But if I don’t get this work out there, I’m going to lose my mind.
Much to my chagrin, I created a GoFundMe, which can be found here.
Any dollar helps, really.
And, I’m giving donors free copies of the book as a thank-you and as proof of what exactly their money has done to.
Thank you in advance. ❤