I've ran posts lately about my newest novel project, which is in its first draft stage and needs revising. Another crucial part to any novel part is getting it out there. With the new novel, I want to let all of you lovely followers witness the evolution of one C.M. Humphries as a writer. Me, me, me. I know. And I'm sorry.
But my next step is to work on a finished version of His Daughter, while also understanding the business aspect of writer a little further. And sometimes, opportunity knocks.
I met up with Kelsey Timmerman, the author of What am I Wearing, today. In the following months I will be working underneath him, trying to establish promotional tools, bookings, and marketing. Through helping him out, I expect that I will, in turn, learn how to better market my own book. One of the many things I will learn how to do in these upcoming months, is get your shit out there.
In the nonfiction world, book publishing operates a little differently than in fiction. For instance, I have to provide a solid draft of the entire novel, a sellable sample, a query letter, and a synopsis. For some publishers I will also need a good pitch and market strategy. In Timmerman's world, there's a sample chapter versus the entire book. He gets the contract before he write the entire work. I hope to acquire agent information, such as pitching a book and so on.
Fear, focus, and the future. C.M. Humphries talks about writing, horror, and whatever.