It boggles the mind that one year ago my writing partner and I were prepared to have K-Love published, and began sending out queries. A whole year has gone by, and we have been at the mercy of agents’ and publishers’ timetables as they reviewed our work over the course of twelve months. And as this is a natural time for self-reflection, here is what I have observed and experienced throughout that year:
–Selling your work to other people is like convincing a toddler to take a nap. Oh, sure, you might get lucky one day, and all the words that you artfully prepared ahead of time will just happen to snap in their brain, and they will chance to be in the mood for a nap, and find your suggestion agreeable. But more likely, no matter what kind of words you use, and how you frame the argument, they’re not going to be down for it.
–Our pitch really is very good. We have about 40% of agents ask for a full manuscript after reading our pitch. I feel like those are promising numbers, but so far our book just hasn’t hit a chord with anyone. The reason our pitch is good is because we spent money to make it that way! Seriously. We paid for Cornwall to go to a writer’s conference a year ago, and she honed our query into the best-sounding nap proposal imaginable. BUT
–Even if your pitch is good, and your book is well-written, you’re still going to need patience. We’re trying to have that. It’s hard when we just want to share this book with fans who will love it.
–This whole thing feels like the Domino’s Delivery Tracker.
1.) We came up with the idea. Fun! Scrumptious!
2.) We planned for months and months–this was a new category, and we wanted to take Kdramas and put them into book form as precisely as we could.
3.) We wrote the book. That was great, and took longer than I anticipated because of life, but the creativity flowed! It was brilliant. Can you smell the delectable aroma of freshly baked romance?
4.) We edited or “packaged” the book, which was grueling, as I’m sure you’ll know if you’re a writer. Like the box guy getting a paper cut from the pizza box, we sliced ourselves up and carved that book into a clean, presentable product.
5.) And here we are, stuck at “delivery.” We want to deliver this book to millions of Kdrama fans out there but we CAN’T, because we can’t convince the delivery guy that it’s worth delivering. It’s an upside-down world where the delivery guy who is supposed to work for the creators of the product holds all the power, and no matter how well-done that pizza book is, we have to spend years finding a delivery guy who will be willing to hand it off.
And that leads me to my last reflection:
–Maybe self-publishing really is the road for us. Why should we convince the delivery guy to take the pizza to you when we’ve done all the hard work already? It’s ready. We have a cover. It’s well-edited (although we’ll get a good copy editor, to be sure), and we know how to format books for sale. It’s not like we don’t know how.
This week, we roughly planned our second installment, K-Pop, and more than anything, we just want to start getting these out there for everyone to enjoy.
What do you think, K-Fans? Do we wait for Harper Collins and another agent who currently have our manuscript, or should we go for it and publish this book?