"It's a Book!"

Dear Miss Snark,
I can't imagine what it must feel like the very first time you walk into the local bookstore and see your work on a shelf. Have you ever shared that experience with someone you represent?

Nope. I get books long before the bookstore does. And most of my authors live in far flung ports like... East Somewhere, New Jersey.


There's nothing like getting the cover art; then galleys; then seeing the actual book, and phoning the author to say "it's a book" to really make a day sweet. Those are really really nice days.

Readings are fun too particularly if no one knows I'm connected to the author and I can eavesdrop on their conversations.


Anonymous said...

I dreamed of the day when I would walk into a bookstore and see my book. When it finally happened I was so familiar with the damn thing it bored me. I faked an orgasmic reaction for the sake of my companions. It just wasn't interesting to me once it was done.

I did, however, dance around the house in solitary jubilation when I recieved my first royalty check.

Maybe I'm shallow.

Anonymous said...

Really? My agents (I've had 3 over the past 20 years, representing some 40 books) have NEVER ONCE phoned up to congratulate me on a just-published book. Guess I've had the wrong agents, huh? I'm unagented now and staging my own private celebrations when UPS brings the book. But if I ever need another agent, I'll come straight to you, Miss Snark!

Anonymous said...

At a writer conference over the weekend one of the writers admitted to making their own cover art on photoshop, printing it out and then rubber banding it to the cover of other books in a store. You could make a wee display. It's like vanity press only it costs less as you only do the cover. Interesting.

Anonymous said...

Anon #1: I know what you mean. I love getting my author copies, but mainly seeing it on the shelves is so wonderful because it means the thing is now OUT and I can now forget about it except for promotion. By the time you go through it time and again and again through the various drafts, then you have to go through it yet again for revisions and copyedits and galleys, you just can't stand to see it again until it's on the shelf and that's because it will then, you hope, end up in some customer's hand. Don't get me wrong, I *am* thrilled about my books being out and some thrill me more than others, but the real thrill for me comes with actually getting the contract, then the actual writing, and then getting the checks.

Anonymous said...

Miss Snark said, "Readings are fun too particularly if no one knows I'm connected to the author and I can eavesdrop on their conversations."

Ohhhh, what'd they say, what'd they say?

Amber Barth said...

And for heaven's sake, if you have a website in your bio, clean it up before you start sending query letters out.

Er, does that mean to not include your web address in your bio, or clean up your web site? I've never thought of including my web address in a bio until I had published a book or two. Always thought it presumptuous to just stick it out there.

Good to know if it isn't.