Publishing my first novel; for real

Millions dream about writing a book. Hundred of thousands start one. Most abandon before reaching the 10,000 words mark. A few keep on to that “The End” line.

I have done that.

But I haven’t “really” published. What do I mean by “really”? Easy, to be published by someone who will be risking money. These days you can upload your book to Lulu.com and sell it there. Hey, I have done that and share a book with a few friends. And you know it does feel great to have something physical. There are very serious people who publish on lulu; not a criticism of any kind to that.

But…

I want to submit my work for publication, get somebody to read it and be rejected. And then submit it again and again, improving it until someday, somehow, somebody will risk his or her money with a book of mine.

They say it is very hard

Yeah, and they also say 15,000 competed against 44 jobs and I got number 30th. I know I am not better than 14,970 people. But that’s not the game. Truth is most people quit and most people do not try enough.

I will, you bet I will. And I will share, here, exposed, naked feelings before the world, how the adventure will run for me. I know I am helping myself and, who knows?, maybe I am helping somebody else.

I do not believe in an aristocratic genius that only a few chosen one share. I believe in skill, hard work, dedication, enthusiasm, discipline, organization and unrelenting perseverance.

I do believe in listening, in being helped, in the extraordinary power of friends, family and kindness. I believe in the power of the story to inspire and transform, to build the world for the better. And above all I believe in the power of joy that flows from creating because it flows from the Creator. And that’s why, somehow, some day, I will publish my first novel.

Wee review: “Lucas Bright: I Know I’m Special”

Photo courtesy Tcp709 CC -by -sa

Photo courtesy Tcp709 CC -by -sa

In short:

  • A rosary of pearls of wisdom masked as naive poetry.
  • 4 pages of double spaced -I guess- text

 

Strong points:

  • It encourages you to think by yourself.
  • It does not give direct advice, instead it shows a road map to its bits of questions. Let me use a quote:

“My name is Lucas Bright. Grown-ups say I’m smart. They
taught me to ask questions.”

Here Lucas is apparently throwing un-linked ideas. However, with that association machine you have in your mind (see Tony Buzan’s “The power of Creative Intelligence”), it is immediate to make the link between being smart and asking questions.

  • Clear font, easy to read.
  • Advice useful both for children and grown ups.
  • Strong command of vocabulary.
  • Difficult words introduced so smartly as to make its meaning obvious.
  • Cheap. 99 cents.
  • It encourages you to get off that couch.
  • Fun.

Issues and Values covered:

  • Creativity.
  • Productivity.
  • Solidarity.
  • Tolerance.
  • Freedom.
  • Inner but unseen potential.

Not so good:

  • Not a single image, creative use of format, just old fashioned plain text (but you are paying less than one buck).

Am I affiliated?

  • No.

Am I friends with Writer Dad?

  • Sorta, just see me in his blog.

Do I recommend you to buy this one?

  • No, I woke up at 6:00 AM to write this post because I was bored of sleeping.

Where to buy it?

  • There’s a link somewhere, just up there.

Kerry