Therese here. Please welcome WU friend Richard Mabry back to Writer Unboxed. Richard’s fourth medical suspense novel, Lethal Remedy, released just yesterday, which completed his contract with publisher Abingdon Press. (Learn more about Richard in his bio box at the end of this article.) What’s a writer to do when a contract has been completed? That’s what Richard is here to speak about today. Enjoy.
The other day I was in a bookstore and saw my novels on display. You might be surprised to know that, rather than just exhilaration, the experience generated mixed emotions. Sure, I’m thrilled that I’ve reached this point in my writing journey. I’ve made it to a place lots of my colleagues would love to occupy. But I’m also wondering, “Now, what?”
The publication of my first novel led to contracts for three more books with the same publisher. Now the last contract has been fulfilled. If I were an actor, I’d be “between engagements.” As an author, I’m “between contracts.” Where do I go from here? How do I (and my agent) go about moving on? Will the publisher that gave me my start want more of my books? Would there be interest from another publishing house in my next series? And sometimes I ask myself the toughest question of all: will anyone want my work? I’ve made it to this point, but will that be as far as I go?
You’re probably shaking your head, saying, “You’ve got it made. A published author has a leg up on all the rest of us.” At one time I thought that was true. Like most of you, I’d heard that published authors had some advantages. You don’t need a completed manuscript—the publishers know you can do it. You’re a known quantity. You have name recognition. You understand the industry. But, as Gershwin so eloquently put it, “It ain’t necessarily so.” [Read more…]