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Self-Publishing vs Sushi

27 December 2011

From author Emily Casey:

Picture a small town in Pennsylvania where the Amish ride horses through the streets and sell quilts at the market. A place where the locals have names for things most people in the country have never heard of. I went to a writer’s conference in this town and met aspiring writers, top agents, and best-selling authors.

On the first day of the conference, a New York agent asked the locals of this small Pennsylvania town where to get some good sushi.

The response from everyone was pretty much the same: Sushi?!

We all had a good laugh about it and the agent handled the faux pas with grace, but it got me thinking. This agent is wonderful at her job. I’d have loved to have her represent me (only she didn’t work in my genre). I don’t think she’s out of touch with readers. But I don’t think she’s in touch with every reader.

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If you’re reading this, odds are you love to read. Odds are, you’ve read hundreds of great books and are searching for your next. Imagine all those books, the great ones that didn’t make the cut because a publisher didn’t think it had “mass appeal”.

That’s why I want to self-publish. Because just like Georgia’s peaches, I have a story to tell that you can only get from me.

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I’m not trying to find readers that hate all the books ever published so far. That’s crazy. It’s like saying you couldn’t find a single decent thing to eat inNew York. I’m looking for hungry readers, the readers that might also like a book from a different source.

Link to the rest at Emily Casey

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4 Comments to “Self-Publishing vs Sushi”

  1. Great post. I too search for readers interested in something new, from someone other than the same 8 writers “traditional” publishers say are the only ones that exist. Best of luck to both of us!

  2. Some years back I lived in Kansas. Not in a city. I came up with a couple ideas for cookbooks because not only could you not get these things there, you could barely find an eggplant at that time.

    I pitched the idea to my agent. “A book on bagels?! You can buy bagels on every corner.” Not in Wichita. Not where I had just lived in California. So she wasn’t interested and I didn’t write it (see how that works?). Some years passed and I met another writer with no agent and with a smarter publisher and she had just done a bagel book. Not such a stupid idea after all.

    Today I developed a delicious carrot cupcake for a cookbook I hope for finish in about 2 months. (Anyone who wants the recipe, you can get my email from my blog, I’ll be glad to send it.) No more depending on these people with their NewYorkcentric notions (and I was born in NYC). They are generally clueless when they get west of the Hudson.

  3. All the more reason to self publish my dear. LOL I had my own agenda for getting my first novel into the market in 2009. Using the experience I’d gained in the 1990’s from owning a newspaper and TV channel I’ve been modestly successful in reaching and building an audience for my work. the best part is I’ve done it my way, mistakes and all and no one shares in the profits (or losses) but me.

  4. The freedom of self-publishing is amazing.

    When I pitched my book, The Fairy Tale Trap, to agents, I got rejected based on the premise: a teenage girl gets trapped in a fairy tale. But they said my writing and characters were strong.

    My guess was that they saw so many fairy tale-related books coming in, they were bored with them. But now look… there are at least 4 fairy tale blockbusters coming out in the next 6 months, plus the TV shows Grimm and Once Upon a Time. I think we’re on the cusp of a fairy tale boom. And those agents missed out. Oh, well.

    Thanks for sharing my blog post, Passive Guy. 🙂

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