ghirahims-left-shoe asked: Is it hard finding a publisher? Is there any particular way to do that?
A couple folks have written in asking for advice on how to be published. I can only speak from my own experience, which is very limited.
For me, it happened because of this tumblr (not to get too cheesy, but because of you guys). The short of it—and there are many more details in this interview—is that because the tumblr gained a following online, I was able to sell a book to a publisher. What would have happened if I hadn’t had the tumblr and I’d approached an agent with a collection of illustrated fairy tales set in the modern day? I have no idea.
Many books being published now began with a following online. In some cases, this is how agents or publishers find writers. It is how my agent found me.
In my eyes, a publisher is drawn to a writer who already has a following because it feels somewhat proven. If X number of people already like this writer or project, you are more likely to believe that even more people will.
Still, I am completely certain that quality of work is the only thing that matters. There are a lot of people who have to fall in love with your book in order to make it a real book, and that won’t happen just because of a following online.
It is probably also relevant that, though this tumblr and book all happened very quickly, I’d been writing—in various forms—for many years. There were a lot of times when it looked like someone might want to publish a short story, or be interested in a book I was writing, and then it fell through. The trick is to still sit down at your desk the next day and keep writing. You don’t even have to believe in yourself or have hope for a positive outcome, necessarily. You just need to keep doing the work.