How to hook a mainstream publisher? That question keeps authors too busy to write their next book. We spend disheartening time on pitching, proposing, publicity. All writers know the pain of rejection.
• Harry Potter and J. K. Rowling were rejected by a dozen publishers, including Penguin and HarperCollins.
• Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind was rejected 38 times before publication.
• Orwell’s Animal Farm: “It’s impossible to sell animal stories in the USA.”
• To F. Scott Fitzgerald, “You’d have a decent book if you got rid of that Gatsby character.”
When some publishers are interested and enthusiastic, we’re buoyed and tread on clouds. Until we discover they’re academic or vanity press, offering little recompense for our hard work, intellectual property and writing skills. Even asking us to pay for the privilege of seeing our words between covers. Might as well self-publish.
Last year I swore I wouldn’t indie publish. Even though I have already published books for musicians and teachers through my Words and Music imprint. But I’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign for the last leg of a long journey.
Even print on demand needs outlay of funds. Thanks to my son Paul Bonetti who helped, having successfully crowd funded his second album. (You can hear my clarinet backing on a few tracks.) I’m encouraged by the successful campaign to reprint Brisbane Art Deco, which includes my contribution about my Granddad’s house in St Lucia, Brisbane.
Granddad (W.A.Back) was a Finnish Swede who emigrated to Australia to escape conscription into the Russian army. When his black sheep brother fled in 1899, Russian military police searched for him in Suez. He dodged them and found refuge in Australia. But why did he write home to “Burn my letters?” A decade’s research found answers to such questions.
I’m blessed that my relatives gifted me with illuminating archival letters. These helped me piece together the story of my forebears.
What an inspiring, empowering story!
There’s a degree of memoir as the books cover:
- Growing up in the Australian outback
- Schooling in Brisbane: at Ironside State School, Somerville House and University of Queensland.
- (Granddad led a consortium that developed St Lucia)
- Studies, research and work in London, Sweden, Finland and more during 7 years in Europe.
- My musical and life journey
My books that tell their stories and my own journey to discover heritage are ready to go. But I need help to afford printing. Please support my crowd funding campaign so I can put my books between covers.
It’s going well, but not quite safe yet!
Many thanks in anticipation!