Monday, March 14, 2011

Book Update: The Elusive Audience.

When I last posted about editor responses, the main concern was that no one knew me.  It was a good point. Here's the most recent feedback from different publishers: 

Hi, yes I sent it to a reader who liked it, but we’re cutting back titles right now, so best not to wait on us. I need to see how eBooks, Borders, and the downward spiral of the book industry goes....Sorry!

I seem to have lost a few a emails, so I'm not sure if I've already responded to this proposal. If so, sorry to repeat myself. It's impossible to not admire and laugh with Jessica Martin but I'm not convinced we could reach a large enough audience for her memoir. It's so damn hard out there -- both for job seekers and publishers! 

Thanks for letting me consider this one and I'll hope you'll send me another project very soon.


Sorry for the delay.  I did take a look and enjoyed the read.  She’s very funny, and her subject is certainly one that lots of people can relate to.  I got some other reads and we talked about it.  But in the end, although we all liked the material, we decided we didn’t love it enough to take a chance on a first-time memoirist like this who doesn’t have the kind of platform that could help us find an audience.  We would have to really believe that this would get great buzz and reviews on its own merits, and we just didn’t quite have that confidence or vision about this project.

Right. Well, after hearing such a similar message so many times, clearly something had to change. I've decided to go in a different direction with the book and I'll let you know what that is when I figure it out. The next few weeks are going to be crazy busy with brainstorms so all suggestions welcome!  Perhaps self-publishing is an option, perhaps a cross-country book tour/bike tour to read at random bookstores around America, perhaps a viral video involving my book and the patty-cake cats. I'm not sure. But I'm excited to be moving in a direction where people can start reading my book. I'm extremely fortunate to have some incredibly supportive people in my life, and I think once a copy of the book exists, an audience will follow. 

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Brina said...

PLEASE just tell me when I can start planning the NYC book launch party! You know I'm dying to do this! And I can't wait for everyone to enjoy this book as much as I did! xoxo


I am more than happy to put my PR talents behind whatever you decided to do, Jess! Keep me posted so I can spread the word!

Anonymous said...

You've got a place to crash for your midwest leg of the tour...but cats in the house. Amanda's allergic. They can stay in the tour bus/rickshaw. And I can spread the word here too...just might have to pair it with a bible in order to get people to read it, which fits right along with the thematic content of your memoir, right?

Matt T.

MFB said...

We're going to do it UP with this book, babe! Book parties, readings, video blogs, Oprah, you name it. I'm with you 100% of the way :) FF.

Jess said...

Thanks bri, i'll get at you!!!

Molly- Thank you SOO much. I might want to pick your brain for PR advice. Also, if I have a launch in Boston, I was totally thinking you would know of a great place. Can I buy you a fruity drink sometime soon and talk about things? I'll shoot you a message:)

Matt-You're insane. I love you, but you're insane. Pass along all my best to Amanda! I'm so excited for you guys. You really are going to be such an amazing dad, bud!

Mer- so lucky to have you.

sreghitto said...

Can I be one of the first to purchase the book?! Please!!

Jess said...

Sarah, you're awesome! Yes please!!
And I still want to go to top of the hub with you. Don't forget.