As an aspiring writer, I know how hard it is to get all the building blocks of a novel to work right.
So I present to you, what I hope will be the start of a new series, called "Book Blocks".
This is an open invitation for any author who has a book coming out to write up a short piece about one of the building blocks of their upcoming book. It can be about the characters, the plot, the theme, the actual writing structure, the idea behind the novel (or non-fiction work), the worldbuilding, etc.
In 500 words or so, explain to the reader how you used that "book block" in your new book, and why it makes your book special. Your aim should be to both promote your book (the free publicity aspect) and to try to teach aspiring writers how to grow in their own writing (the passing it forward part of this). I get about 500 readers a day, many of them aspiring writers, who are also avid readers.
Why am I doing this, you ask? Because I believe in giving back to the publishing community. I don't have the time to read and review all the books I like, and I also understand that it's hard for authors, especially first-time ones, to get their books discussed via word-of-mouth. I'd like to be able to help authors, represented by any agency (or unagented) to find new readers for their work.
I'm hoping that this will be both useful and fun for the authors who choose to write up pieces for the blog. If I get enough submissions, I'd like to do weekly posts for this. If I get a lot of submissions, I'd be happy to post a "Book Block" every Tuesday and Thursday.
So if you are interested in participating, here are the guidelines for authors:
- Your book must have been released within the last calendar year or will be released within the next six months.
- Your book can be from any publishing house, with the exception of self-published or vanity presses. Small press submissions are welcomed, especially. It must be available in English. If your book is an e-book, please feel free to participate too.
- Your book can be any genre, even non-fiction. Erotica books are welcome too, but please keep the book block piece itself "clean". I'm sure there are people out there who would love to know just how those tantalizing sex scenes are written.
- Your piece must consist of just one "building block" of your book. For example, you can't write about how you constructed the plot and how you created the characters; you have to choose one. They should be no longer than 500 words, but they can be shorter.
- E-mail your submission to me, preferably in plain text (this makes it easier to paste into Blogger), along with a jpeg of the cover of your book. Send all submissions to jennyrcma AT gmail DOT com, with the subject line of "Book Blocks: your title".
- I retain the right to veto any "Book Blocks" submissions that I feel are inappropriate in nature or content for this blog. It is my blog, after all.
- You are welcome to send me a hard copy of your book at the following address, but it is NOT REQUIRED, and it won't have any bearing on whether I choose your book or not. I'm going to be very busy reading unpublished material soon, so I cannot guarantee I'll be able to read your book right away (or for months, let's be realistic here).
L. Perkins Agency
15-9 Interlaken Court
Freehold, NJ 07728
Once I have about five Book Blocks pieces sent in by authors, I'll start posting them. The guidelines for this will go in the sidebar of LIT SOUP. Feel free to spread the word around the internet.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this turns out to be a successful experiment. =)