Monday, January 30, 2012

American Idol for Writer's

Trying to explain the process of getting a book published to a non-writer is like speaking Latin to a duck.  I'm sure you've been there.  The conversations are all the same, usually going something like this:

"How's the books coming?"
Big sigh. "It's coming.  I'm editing still."
"Really? How long you gonna edit that thing?"
Laugh. "I know. My cps are--"
"You're what?"
"Oh, sorry, my critique partners are looking it over now. Maybe I'll be done editing when they're done editing."
"Then you'll get it published?"
Laugh again. "No, then I send out a query letter."
"What the hell is a query letter? Is that even a word?"
"I know, I know.  It's a letter to entice an agent into requesting your manuscript."
"What? You don't just send your book somewhere?"
Sigh. "It's not a book yet."

I could continue this lovely back and forth for you, but you know where it's going. 



From now on, I think I'm just going to say writing a book is like trying out for


We write a "book", who hasn't right?


Then we send out the query letter, putting our best before the judges in an attempt to stand out.


Feedback goes something like this...


or this...


We're hoping for this


When that happens, we might get a full request, which must be something like this


But we're not there yet folks.  We're about here...


and then here


and then here


and hopefully


I know there's a lot more after this, but I think this is as far as my brain is willing to project.  Especially when I'm back here...























So good luck to all my fellow contestants!
I hope to see the confetti falling on you soon :)


(And I apologize for picking on the guys here, but the male contestant pictures were just so much better than the girl contestant pictures, I couldn't help myself! Thank you American Idol!)

42 comments:

  1. ...love the analogy, and so true. I don't even bother explaining the process anymore, choosing to say, "Still working on it."

    Great post,

    El

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    1. Thanks :) I think your line is perfect!

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  2. LOL! Excellent way to describe the process, I love it!

    Much like Elliot Grace, I too say, "I'm working on it." :D

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    1. I'm going to practice "I'm working on it" line ;)

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  3. I love the comparison to American Idol. It is so true. People think just because you wrote a book you are going to get published they don't understand that there is so much more involved.

    And the pictures are great! I almost forgot about those two.

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  4. Ha! I often wonder what writer's reality show would be like. It would probably be very boring.

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    1. Total snoozathon unless we all dressed up like some of the above contestants :)

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  5. So...you're telling me there's a swimsuit portion of the query process? I should start waxing my chest.

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    1. Yes, didn't you know that part? Oh the things we never knew before we started writing ;0

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  6. excellent analogy!
    i hate explaining the process!
    love blogging w/people who get it =)

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  7. This is such an awesome analogy. I'm totally going to use it! And the pics, tehe. Oh who am a kidding. HARHARHAR. The belly dancer and the bikini guy-they just wanted to be seen.

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    1. Yeah, they're the query letters with glitter and presents :)

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  8. My agent, Rachelle Gardner has written some great posts about how writing and getting picked up by an agent and/or publishing house is like this show. Funny!
    ~ Wendy

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    1. I should go and find her posts :) Hopefully she has some good pics!

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  9. Omgosh, Hope. I love this. You have me giggling my butt off! Everyone thinks when I say ms, I mean something completely different.

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    1. Those non-writerly-folk don't know what they're missing ;)

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  10. This is awesome Hope! Holy cow. It's so true though. It's exactly like American Idol actually. I think that's what I'm going to say from now on too!

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    1. I know, I could have kept cutting and pasting pictures forever, the process is long and filled with crazy :)

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  11. Oh man! Fabulous comparison. LOL. Great pictures to make the point too. *sigh* This post says so much!

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    1. Yeah, finding these pics was way too much fun :)

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  12. Great :) lol. I loved the dude as the transformer, what was he thinking?
    And as much as I like your description of writing is like idol, it makes it seem a HUGE task now. *slink off to some dark hole to organise some awesome query-letter drowned in glitter with a stalker note attached,* :)

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    1. I know! How many steps did I put? And I'm at step one!

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  13. LOL! Oh my... the man in the belly dancer outfit. *shudder*

    But I totally get this post. I've had this conversation too!

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    1. Yeah, he's great, I just hope my query letter is more effective :)

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  14. That is a great way to describe it! I've had way too many conversations where the person just doesn't understand how much work publishing is. I will have to use this analogy next time. Thanks and great post!

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    1. I figure almost everyone has seen a bit of American Idol, if not at least heard of it. Not many know about the process of getting published :)

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  15. This made me laugh! I've had that conversation too! We just have to hang in there and keep trying, at least that's what I tell myself. ;)

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    1. Glad to give you a giggle :)
      Just hang in there and keep trying! (I tell myself that all the time too!)

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  16. Absolutely fabulous! I've never seen American Idol (believe it or not) but you captured the essence of the whole publishing "thing" perfectly in the pictures! Great photo blog!

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    1. My husband roped me into American Idol a while back, entertaining for sure!

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  17. Great analogy Hope, and so very true!! Except thankfully we don't have to wear bikinis in front of potential agents/editors/publishers if we don't want to. hahaha

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  18. Great analogy! Nice to meet you, Hope.

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    1. Thanks and nice to meet you too, Matthew :)

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  19. I am so glad I stopped by tonight :)

    ....dhole

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  20. I came here from Tracy Brown's blog, Write On, and I'm so glad I did. I enjoy your sense of humor and I know I'll be coming back. And try explaining a synopsis to someone who's eyes have already glazed over. :)
    Karen (www.bagladysjournal.blogspot.com)

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    1. Yay! Glad my sense of humor doesn't make you run away :)
      That eye glazing happens a lot when talking about writing!

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  21. Wow, that is so spot on! Hilarious, thanks!

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