22. The Trusted Reader
Welcome to my blog on The Trusted Reader.
When your book is finished you type: THE END.
It’s an amazing achievement. Allow time to congratulate yourself and when the excitement wears off — the hard work begins. It’s a case of getting your work ‘out there’ to be read by the Trusted Reader.
It would be great to be spotted by an agent or publisher who believes in your work and in you as an author. It would be amazing to be offered a lucrative book deal and let the publication of your novel be handled by professionals who will give advise on book covers and layout, know the audience and understand the market.
The best place to start your search for an agent or publisher is the Writers’ and Artists’ Year book.
However if you don’t find an agent or publisher don’t let that stop you from pursuing your dream. Fortunately we now live in a world of self-publishing. The Internet has provided opportunities for all types of writers and authors to be ‘known’ across the globe in many different markets.
What you will need is a good book blurb — an elevator pitch — a few sentences that will sum up your book and tell the reader who is involved and what is at stake.
For example: GOLDEN ICON:
An opera diva has one last chance to sing Tosca but she’s embroiled in a cynical blackmail plot and she must decide the fate of a golden icon and ultimately fight for her life.
Then you will need a polished synopsis, normally a page long:
‘A synopsis conveys the narrative arc, an explanation of the problem or plot, the characters, and how the book or novel ends. It ensures character actions and motivations are realistic and make sense. It summarises what happens and who changes from beginning to end of the story.’
Think about your novel and the type of readers that may enjoy your book. It will help you to best place your book in the market and realise the opportunities there are to promote it and why readers would like it. Are there any other books like it?
Don’t be afraid to compare your work to similar books or authors. If you are submitting to an agent it will help them identify where your book will fit into the market.
It’s a difficult task to create something, whether you’re an artist or an author and to offer it to the public for them to appraise. Sometimes reviews are not complimentary. There are some people who just won’t ‘get’ your hero or heroine or enjoy your story. That’s life!
However it’s important to encourage the reader to write a review on Amazon or to tell their friends or help promote your novel through their social media.
After all, word of mouth is the best form of advertising.
First and foremost, an author writers because they have to — it’s inside them and it’s something they enjoy doing. Being published and making a living from it is a luxury and a bonus. Self-publishing has revolutionised the book industry and it offers an eclectic mix of material to readers around the world. The aim is to find a niche market of trusted readers who enjoy your work.
REMEMBER: Agents and Publishers are sent hundreds of manuscripts each week. Think about self-publishing. Make sure you hook your reader into your novel from the beginning.
Next Blog: How to Get Self-Published.