What It Takes To “Make it” … by Darla Luke
Last weekend, while at the writing retreat with Susan, Nancy, along with good friends Linda K and Jessie S, the topic naturally turned to the self-publishing industry. It’s interesting to be in a group of intelligent women talking writing, publishing and … sometimes, politics. Oh, soooo not going to touch the topic of the presidential race, you’re not here for that!
While we were talking, I dug into the research of the authors who have reached the list I blog about each week (yes, that list will be put up here, promise!!). Out of all the books that I’ve documented here, the only anomaly I found is Susan Ee’s AngelFall. She doesn’t have multiple books, and/or (in my humble opinion) a professional-looking cover.
What she does have is a five-chapter excerpt on her blog. I’m a reader first, so of course I had to see why this story reached #32 on the USA Today Top 150 Best-Selling Books list. Okay, I have to admit … I was hooked. Had to have it. Since it’s not available on B&N for my Nook, I downloaded the Kindle app on my smartphone.
It’s a great story. Hard to read in spots because it’s so visceral (it’s a dystopian tale, about a 17 year-old girl struggling to keep her paranoid-schizophrenic mother, paraplegic sister and herself alive in a world turned chaotic). I finished it on Sunday, and can’t wait to read the next book. If a traditional publisher isn’t courting Ms. Ee, they should be. Not that she has to be traditional published to be successful, she’s already been there/done that, but she should be noticed for her stellar writing (and in case you’re wondering … no, she’s not a friend of mine-darn it!-though I wish she were!).
The lesson for me is this … what it takes to “Make It” in the publishing industry is to write a damn good book. Period. Someone will want to read it, maybe even talk about it and shoot it to the top of the NY Times and/or USA Today Top 150 list. My greatest wish is to at least come close to “Making It”. Same Zip Code would be nice 🙂
Here are the books that reached the USA Today Top 150 Best-Selling Books list through the week ending Sunday 9-30-12*:
Down to You by M. Leighton (Amazon Digital Services). This week #32 (last week, not on the list) $3.99
White Trash Beautiful by Teresa Mummert (B&N PubIt!). This week #46 (last week #213) $2.99
Taking Chances by Molly McAdams (Amazon Digital Services). This week #94 (last week #39) $1.99
*I’m human and make mistakes (a shock to my friends, I’m sure!). If there’s a book on this week’s list that I missed, please let me know. If I misspelled/mistyped an author’s name or book title, I’m extremely sorry.
Posted on October 5, 2012, in General and tagged AngelFall, Barnes and Noble, best selling books, books, Darla Luke, Kindle, Nook, print publishers, publishing, readers, reading, See Jane Publish, self-publishing, Susan Ee, traditional publishing, USA today best seller list, writing, writing retreat. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.