May 03 2009

Finishing the Job

Published by at 12:08 pm under Getting Published

I started this website to market a superhero novel I was writing three years ago.  150,000 readers, 6000 hours of writing and editing, 1100 articles, 35 months, four query drafts, three trolls, two changes of genre and one manuscript later… I finally sent a nonfiction proposal to a literary agent today.

If that goes well, I will probably find an agent and a publisher within several months.  Then the hard stuff begins.  Hopefully you will be able to buy a copy of Don’t Forget the Death-Ray!  How to Write Superhero Novels and Comic Books within a year.

Have I mentioned that getting published is pretty hard?

15 responses so far

15 Responses to “Finishing the Job”

  1. scribblaron 03 May 2009 at 12:52 pm

    I thought that was 2 changes of gender for a moment, there… now that would be an angle on which to market your novel. (I wrote chapters 12, 24 and 32 as a woman so I could better understand the feminine point-of-view). 😉

  2. Fitzon 03 May 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Good luck.

  3. Dforceon 03 May 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Best of luck!

  4. ikaruson 03 May 2009 at 7:15 pm

    So will the site stay up?

  5. B. Macon 03 May 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Definitely. However, getting published will affect the website in several ways.

    1. I will probably post less frequently after I get published. I won’t have the time or energy to continue to put 40-60 hours a week into this when I have a full-time job. (A lot of authors have the misconception that they can relax as soon as a publisher signs the contract with them. Unfortunately, that is utterly wrong).

    2. I’ve already posted 20,000 words of my book’s 50,000 words here. When I get published, my publisher might ask me to remove that online content. I’ll try to convince them that showcasing my material will help promote sales, but I will respect their wishes if that’s the way they’d like to proceed.

    3. I will leave more and more of my comment-editing to volunteer moderators. I haven’t started any of that yet, but I expect that editors will be doing most of the editing by July and all of it by the time I sign a publishing deal.

  6. Avi Arunon 03 May 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Best of luck! I’m happy to see your book in the bookshelves within a year, but sad because you won’t have time to maintain the website.

  7. Wingson 03 May 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Great job! I’m definitely buying your book (No one will stop me – not even my parents this time!).

    – Wings

  8. Anonymous-Manon 04 May 2009 at 5:23 am

    Cool.I’ll look out for it.

  9. Tomon 04 May 2009 at 7:29 am

    Gasp! It’s a member of Anonymous, come to spread the word of 4chan and /b/!

  10. Mr. Briton 04 May 2009 at 7:54 am

    Congratulations and good luck, I’ll certainly be buying a copy 🙂

  11. Ragged Boyon 04 May 2009 at 8:00 am

    Hey, look at you big guy. Making your way up the ladder. Hopefully, I’ll see you up at the top then I can push you back down. 😉

    Seriously, best of luck. I’m really happy for you.

  12. Holliequon 04 May 2009 at 9:16 am

    I’m cheering you on. I’ll certainly try to pick up a copy if I see one (or there’s always Amazon).

  13. Ragged Boyon 04 May 2009 at 9:20 am

    Even though most of us already know what the book entails, I’ll possibly pick one up. I don’t have much spending money besides what I find and beg for and street-perform for (I street-performed once, one of the funnest things ever, I earned 30 buck for doing some crappy monologues).

  14. B. Macon 04 May 2009 at 11:58 am

    $30 for monologues!?! Damn, I need to get out of writing. So far, I’ve made about $1 per hour, probably less after I factor in the time I spend reading and editing comments. Then again, I think that will jump considerably if I get published.

  15. Dinhilionon 04 May 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Congrats! Good luck!

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