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Jeff Potts

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  1. "GO away now!" (Yes, I watch him too. ) I don't know if anyone has mentioned it, but Breaking Away (1979)
  2. The fact is, it's not much different than looking for a job. I knew in advance that this was a numbers game. However, my list is now running thin. My gut feeling has been that going direct to publishers was going to yield better results than trying the agent route. This mirrors my past experience going through headhunters vs. submitting a resume direct to an employer. On average, employers were always far more interested in my talents and skills that the recruiters. The same, it seems, applies here as well. What I did not expect (and did not know) was what an absolute bust go
  3. Yes. In fact, going direct to publishers yielded results almost right away, relatively speaking. And the feedback I've gotten was far-and-away better than anything I got with agents. I feel like I've wasted six months of my life chasing after agents when I should have just bypassed them altogether. I'd rather sell 2000 books through an indie publisher, than no books through a non-existent agent.
  4. Then they are not "rules." Rules are not arbitrary. The issue I have is that people say this - and to a certain extent, it's true - but I can cite certain individuals who broke through on their debut, breaking these very same "rules." When they strike it big, and you point out that their beginning was dry, or they used a prologue in their first book, the answer is, "Well, they are so-and-so.." They weren't so-and-so when their first book came out. In my opinion, it comes down to an implicit bias, and a judgement call. But what bothers me is that they don't
  5. That's only half correct. They are looking at it as a product they can sell with minimal investment. And it's not just publishing that has that viewpoint. A lot of businesses take that stance. The only difference between a good book and a best-seller, or a mediocre book and one that makes money is - basically - marketing.
  6. Ok, here's where I chime in. Most of the people I have submitted to would be considered "secular." I just want to put that out there. I've submitted to 50 agents with 2 manuscript requests. This means that the agent read the first 1 - 3 chapters of my book, liked what they read, and wanted to read more. I've submitted to 11 indie publishers, and got 2 requests for a manuscript. Only 1 of the submissions had sample chapters thus far. So, that's 3 requests for a manuscript after reading a sample chapter. Remember that. Now let's go through the criticisms
  7. Actually, I think the feedback provided was good, especially when editor / agent says something that overlaps with someone else.
  8. I'm at four now. Technically five if I include the editor's opinion.
  9. ...and I've finally come to a conclusion about my book. But I'll save my conclusions for later. Thus far, these are the individual flaws that publishers or agents have cited on my submission. These are not in any order. 1) Written well, but there is too much exposition in the first third of the book. 2) Written well, but the book's premise is bad. 3) It's written in third person, omniscient, and that pulls the reader out of the story. The hero doesn't seem to change or grow (which was incorrect, and the editor obviously didn't read all the way
  10. Most of these e-book and POD distributors will supply the ISBN for you. Draft2Digital (like others have mentioned. KDP - though this is Amazon exclusive. Ingram Spark will do both POD and e-Book to Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and another e-book vendor (can't recall the name at the moment). I'm in with a lot of comic creators, and they all self-publish. A few I know use Ingram Spark. And I'm glad that you've reconsidered your options.
  11. I laughed and woke up the dog....
  12. I can't say I don't know how you feel, @Shamrock., because I get it. I don't cherish having to market my own book, but there is one axiom in life that I know to be definitively true: wars are won in the will. If I have to go there, I will. I made a career out of God's grace, talent, toil, and sheer will. I can't tell you how many times my wife witnessed me falling apart into a thousand pieces when things turned sour. But I kept going. And now it's 30 years later, and I can look back at a career with accomplishments that few people can boast of. My only suggestion i
  13. Ok, an update: Going the agent route: 50 Submissions, 46 Rejections (4 submissions still outstanding) 2 Requests for Manuscripts. 3 personalized replies. Targeting Indie publishers that accept direct submissions: 11 submissions, 2 Rejections, 2 request for manuscript. 4 personalized replies. I've done another 6 submissions, two of three of them last night. I got a request for a manuscript just a few minutes ago, from a publisher I queried last night. I'm rereading the e-mail, because I can't believe that so
  14. 1) How many books have they published. 2) Will they publish me? 3) Will they publish me? 4) Will they publish me? 5) Will they publish me? 6) Will they publish me? 7) Will they publish me? Will they publish me? 9) Will they publish me? 10) Will they publish me? 11) Will they publish me?
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