A Little Help From My Friends
My agent wrote the other day and said he wanted me to think about web sites and blog updates. He wants me to get all this up to speed before a big presentation late fall. Some crowd in New York might take a look at the whole package (manuscript, blog, website) to decide if they want to publish Tommy Bibey or not.
I have a couple of thoughts on that. My first one is HELP! I am reminded of the little girl in ‘Gone with the Wind’ who said she didn’t know nothing about birthing no babies. Well, I know very little about publishing, or web sites or blogs either. So, I thought the best place to start on all this would be to ask my readers. If you guys have particular web sites or blogs you think have visual appeal, let me know. I would like to look at them as I enter this next stage of development.
It occurred to me this country doctor is swimming in deep water. I know about birthing babies, but I don’t know nothing about writing no book, or publishing either, so I appreciate any insight you might offer. One thing to keep in mind is this. I don’t have enough political capital in the literary world to issue any ultimatums, but in the process I don’t want to change who Tommy Bibey is. For that matter, I can’t. When Flatt and Scruggs went to Carnegie Hall, they played bluegrass music. They ain’t a thing wrong with classical, but they couldn’t be that all of a sudden and neither can I. You have to be what you is.
Also, I want to reassure you of one thing. I promised you a book, and there will be a book. The more involvement I have with folks who know what they are doing the better, because I think it will be a much better book for the process. But, if all the publishers turn me down, I’ll self publish. However, I believe the book will better than if I had self published without the benefit of the process of maturation as a writer. (I’ve still got a ways to go.)
So, if you see things you think might dress up Tommy Bibey a bit (I realize that is a tall order) let me know. I’d like to scope ’em out and so would my agent. Like everyone else in the world, if I’m gonna make it, I’ll need a little help from my friends.
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