I like Ally Carter's blog because she is such a real author to me. I find myself reading it and nodding my head going, "Dude! I totally do that!" Well, the last week or so she has been doing 101 tips for aspiring authors (which is just beyond crazy!) And most of the advice was run of the mill. Good--and often great--advice, but advice I've heard before. But then I stumbled upon this one.
"When attending industry events, dress and act like someone a business can feel comfortable entrusting with a large sum of money."
I was totally struck by this!!! Isn't that the dream of every aspiring and even most published authors? To have a publisher say, "Gee, we love your book. We have a Swift Truck full of money outside our building right now; may we send it your way?" But anytime I have ever thought of that it has been from my point of view. The "OMG they have publishing power and i just want them to dole a little scoop of it out for meeee!" kind of thing.
I don't ever think of it from the editor or publisher's point of view. This little tip made me do just that. Do you ever wonder if an editor thinks about that? I'm sure they do. They probably sit and think about this awesome book on their desk and go, "I want to offer a bajillion dollars for this book, but will the author do good revisions? Will they be willing to promote? Will they be a total prima dona? Do they have three arms? Will their next book be this good? Can I even justify offering for more than one book?" These are all things that an editor does not know until . . . well, until the deal is done and often not until it's published.
Makes me want to wear an elegant black dress to my next writer's function and hand out super-professional business cards and maybe flash my husband's law school insignia.
And above all, it makes me hope my editor, when she met me last month, had a moment in her office later and thought--just for a second--"Dude, she was totally worth it!"