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Please welcome my friend and fellow Echelon Press author, Julie Campbell (aka phoenixfirewolf).
Publishing, a choose your own adventure tale.
by J. A. Campbell 

You are about to embark upon a bold adventure. The outcome depends on the choices you make along the way. The ending is unwritten, the tale yet untold. Are you brave enough to take the first steps? If so proceed to page 1. 

Page 1

You find yourself in front of a computer. The screen is blank except for the open word processor document. The possibilities are endless. Will you take up the challenge and write a novel.
-If yes go to page 15.
-If no go to page 3.  

Page 3
You decide you will write a novel, some day, when you have time. Maybe you’ll do NaNoWriMo one of these years. You keep telling yourself this. THE END.  

Page 15
You take the hard path. The novel in turn pours from your fingertips like soft-grained sand through a time glass, and sometimes sticks like tar, but you persevere and eventually your words are written. You are pleased but now you must decide if you wish to self-publish or go the traditional route.
-If you self-publish go to page 29.
-If you decide to take the traditional path go to page 100.
Page 29.
Self-publishing is all the rage. It doesn’t carry the stigmata it did even two years ago, but it’s still looked down upon by traditionally published authors. Still, you feel you have an amazing novel and hey, if J.A. Konrath can do it, so can you. Now you must edit.
-No, it’s perfect already. Go to page 4.
-Yes, I’m my own worst editor, I must have beta readers! Go to page 40.  

Page 4
You find a great monster. It eats your face. DOOM!
Page 40.
After months of polishing, formatting hell, cover art by brilliant friends, and more editing, you have a manuscript on Amazon.
-You sit back and wait for it to sell. Go to page 4.
-You spend hours promoting your work. Go to page 50. 

Page 100
You’ve written the masterpiece of fiction, but you must have an agent.
-It’s perfect, I don’t need to edit it before I start submitting it to agents. They’ll see its genius. Go to page 4.
-Yes, I must have beta readers! Go to page 41.  

Page 41
Beta readers have edited your masterpiece. You’ve edited your masterpiece. Now it’s time to find an agent.
-You do lots of research on each agent, how to write query letters, how to format, etc. Go to page 58.
-I don’t need to do research. They all want the same thing anyway, I’ll just CC a Dear Agent letter to all of them. Go to page 4.
Page 50.
You’ve written a good book, and edited it well. You’ve made connections on Twitter and Facebook and have found book reviewers and done blog tours. You’re on the road to success, as long as you keep with it.
Page 58.
Your brilliant query letter gets many form rejections.
-You try to learn from your rejections and rewrite your query letter and send it out again. Go to page 60.
-You give up. They aren’t good enough to recognize your genius anyway. Go to page 4.  


(You’ll notice the story is now stuck in a loop. Repeat this loop about a hundred times if you’re the average person. Once you’ve repeated 100 times proceed to page 75)
Page 60.
More rejections.
-You keep sending out queries. Go to page 58.
-You decide to self-publish. Go to page 29.
Page 75.
You finally land an agent.
-You buckle down, work with the agent and edit, edit edit. (But wait, I thought I did all that. No, really, you have to do it again, and again.) Go to page 50.
-Now it’s all in the agent’s hands. Go to page 4. 

J.A. Campbell is the author of the Into the West short story series for young adults, and the author of two young adult fantasy novels that will be published this summer. When she’s not out riding her horse, she can usually be found sitting in front of her computer with a cat on her lap and her dog at her side. You can find out more at her website: www.writerjacampbell.com


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( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 10th, 2011 01:02 pm (UTC)
This should actually be an illustrated interactive tale. >=} I've seen a site or two with "choose your own adventure" links. Could be a fun project.
May. 10th, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC)
Hmm, that's an interesting idea. lol. Thanks for stopping by :)

May. 10th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
By the "choose your own adventure" links, I mean, of course, th work involved to click a link to take you to the "next" chosen page, of course. Looking back on the comment, I felt that should be clarified. ;-) Being half awake is always a fun experience, text-wise.
May. 10th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
LOL, I had just gotten up when I read it, and understood what you meant. We were on the same wavelength :)
May. 10th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
Always good to know. Semi-alert people, unite! :thumbsup: Clarifying semi-alert as half awake, of course.
May. 10th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
LOL exactly :)
May. 10th, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
Lots of fun and so true to everything I've seen, read, done. ---- Not that I've managed to get published yet. Or find an agent, for that matter. That darned page 58 loop!
May. 10th, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC)
LOL, one day you'll get out of the page 58 loop. Just keep trying!

May. 10th, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
That was really neat! Unfortunately, I got eaten by a grue the first couple times I tried...
May. 10th, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
LOL, most of us do. Those Grue are nasty and lurk around every corner in publishing.

Good luck! and thank you :)

May. 10th, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
Monsters of DOOM! love it! :D :D

Jen wylie
May. 11th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
Re: Awesome
LOL, missed this one before. Thanks Jen. Thanks for dropping in :)

May. 10th, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
Eeee the monster always wins! :)

May. 10th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
Eventually it doesn't. LOL. It just takes a lot of work.

May. 10th, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
I smiled several times - and also cringed in recognition. You wouldn't mind if I tweeted this, would you?
May. 10th, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Brilliant!
Tweet away :) The more the merrier :)

I did write from experience so... LOL, with you on the cringing. Thanks!

Becky Hancock
May. 10th, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC)
This was a great read... and darn that page 58 loop! Part of me wants to hope that it's not nearly so rough a process for non-fiction, but... I don't think that I could be so lucky, lol.

Every new writer should read this as an intro. :)
May. 10th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Fun!
Actually I wouldn't be surprised if it is worse for nonfiction. Thanks becky!
May. 11th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
Haha! OMG I love this, funny, and sad. Cause it's true. I for one feel doomed to end up stuck on page #4 for all eternity. That's how I feel, but the trick is to DO the opposite of how you feel. tee hee! ;)
I have read and loved both these stories and cannot wait for the third installment, which come to think of it should be up now. (wanders off to shop)

Great post.
May. 11th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
Re: from CDNWMN
Publisher is running behind. They'll be up soon. (I hope...) Thanks for dropping in CW. You'll find your way away from #4 eventually :)
May. 11th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
Hahahaa! That was

Very clever. Thanks!
May. 11th, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
Hahahah, I love your sparkles. Thanks!
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