I had a friend ask a few questions yesterday that she was curious about. I figured I would post the answers here just in case anyone else was wondering the same things. I think you’ll be able to figure out what the questions were from context.
1. I don’t think drama is a book category, but that’s how I would describe it. I’ve never read the Twilight books so I can’t compare them. There is no love triangle going on in this story. You don’t have to choose Team Edward or Team Jacob. There is a love story element, but so much more to it than just that. Aside from the typical ‘coming of age’ themes, some other heavier themes are dealt with as well. I can’t really say much more without giving away major parts of the story. It is not a horror story though. It is written as Young Adult fiction, so think of it as being written on the level of Hunger Games as opposed to Les Miserables. We don’t have an official back cover blurb yet… but here is what we have right now (I wrote this… not Laura):
Jack didn’t know anything about her, except that she was always on her front porch when he rode his bike past her house. Being new to the neighborhood he also didn’t know anyone he could ask. He wanted to know more, but how does a 15 year old boy just start talking to an attractive girl he’s never met before? Well, sometimes fate can help an ill-conceived plan. Jack could never have predicted what would happen after meeting Emily. She introduces him to some fun and interesting people. He introduces her to his large, loving, and sometimes hysterical family. He shows her parts of life she’s never experienced and she shows him things he’s never seen. But, sometimes, in the course of getting to know someone, you end up having to go face to face with their demons. As they have fun, learn, grow and mature together both wonderful and horrible things follow. Secrets are revealed and walls come down.
2. Yes, she does have a editor. A very talented individual named David Measel. Unfortunately we will probably not be able to afford a professional editor for this book. The story has gone through some rewrites as a result of different people reading it and giving suggestions. I’ve been the last one to read it multiple times looking for grammar, typos and plot issues. I’m sure I’ll read it a couple more times before printing. I’m personally comfortable with where the story is right now. And how it sets up Book #2… which I have also already read, requested some changes and re-read after the rewrite.
3. As far as printing goes there two methods of printing. The traditional method is off-set printing which requires large orders of thousands of copies at a time, but costs less per book. It also is high quality as it is the way printing has been done for years. There is a newer method called print-on-demand. You can order only the copies you need at that moment even if it is just a couple. When print-on-demand was first introduced quality was noticeably less than off-set. However, print on demand quality has improved drastically which makes it a nice alternative for self-publishers or new publishers. I know you didn’t ask about printing methods, but they are closely related to you’re question concerning e-publishing because when you’re comparing traditional publishing to e-publishing printing methods go hand-in-hand with traditional publishing. Anyway… traditional publishing means choosing a printing method and establishing a distribution network to get the book out into the public’s hands… whether that be through large chains like Barnes and Nobles, online through Amazon or through small independant book-sellers. E-publishing means you get the book converted into an eBook file which is then downloaded by people to their iPads, Nooks, Kindles, etc. The only real difference is you don’t have to print physical paper copies of the book. You still have to work with a distributer to get the book into the market through eBook retailers. Remember, both Laura and I are new to this and will be learning as we go.
4. Marketing is probably going to be the most difficult part for us. Being brand new we don’t have an established network within the industry on which to rely. We also don’t have a ton of money to work with. So, its going to have to be a very grassroots thing using personal networks, doing book signings at local bookstores, trying to get the book into the hands of people who can write reviews. As far as getting reviews written we’ll again have to rely on smaller, local reviewers as getting someone at the New York Times will be just as impossible as getting the book published by Scribner. Of course, social marketing is a good option as well. If we can get the book into the hands of bloggers that have a relatively nice following to have them do reviews that would be nice.
If anyone has any insights into these areas and wants to share, please do. As I stated above this will be a learning process for both Laura and I, but you have to start somewhere.