Crazy title I know, but it actually explains how I decided to write my first novel.
There is a lot of talk lately about the quality of writing out there (print and ebook) and I now agree with it pretty much 100%.
But, If I had agreed with it back in Spring 2009 then I wouldn’t be writing this post, because I never would have even started my first novel, DEAD MECH.
Back in 2009 I received my first iPod. I was immediately looking for podcasts to listen to and started filling up that little sucker to capacity right away. During all my searches I found a bunch of free fiction podcasts (Pseudopod, The Drabblecast, Escape Pod, etc.) and in most of these podcasts were promos for free podcast novels.
Well, who am I to give up free stuff?
I downloaded several novels and dove right in. The interesting thing was that I was listening to the intros of the podcasts and many of the authors were getting publishing deals for their books. Some were small publishers and some were big New York publishers.
This intrigued me mainly because the whole submission process for getting your work published is what had always held me back. But, if I already had a loyal following and could show genuine interest then maybe a publisher would take a look at me, right?
The real butt kicker was that some of these writers were putting out mediocre work at best. Don’t get me wrong, there were (and are) a ton of high quality podcast novels out there. But, one writer in particular had a huge following and some amazing download stats for their work and I knew I could write better than them. I knew I wasn’t going to be Hemingway, but I could certainly put out some pulp better than that.
I set myself a goal to learn everything there was about podcasting, started writing my novel, recorded it as I was writing (don’t do this!) and within a couple months I was getting great feedback and large download numbers.
Flash forward to May 2010
One year after I started writing the novel, I had a publishing contract. And in September 2010, one year after launching the podcast, I had a published book in the market! Not too shabby!
Now, don’t get me wrong, I worked my butt off to make it all happen. I wrote a novel that had a great idea (giant battle mechs in a futuristic wasteland controlled by zombies), I also wrote it as a drabble novel (see my website for more details) which had never been done before and I had a TON of help from some really great people.
It didn’t just “happen”
But, without my goal of dominant mediocrity, I wouldn’t have even started down my path.
So, what does this have to do with you? Very simple: write your book, even if you don’t think it will be perfect or up to some super high standard you have set. Bring that bar down and go for it! Whether successful or not, you will learn so much.
There aren’t any valid excuses to keep sitting on your butt with an idea that’s just going to waste. The key is to be honest with yourself. Do you want to write a perfect novel or do you want to get your novel out there and into the hands of the masses?
You’ll probably suck, you’ll probably have your ego and soul crushed, but you never know until you try!
Stop being whiny little wieners and get your stuff written! There are no excuses in this world anymore! Reach for that fourth place finish!
You too could be the next top turd in the pile of poo!
Jake Bible lives in Asheville, NC with his wife and two kids. He is the author of many published short stories and the creator of a new literary form: the Drabble Novel. DEAD MECH is his first novel and represents the introduction to the world of the Drabble Novel, a novel written 100 words at a time.
Learn more about Jake and his work at http://jakebible.com. Links to his Facebook fan page, Twitter and his forum can be found there, as well as his weekly drabble release, Friday Night Drabble Party, and his weekly free audio fiction podcast.
Join Jake as he rushes the Amazon Kindle charts on March, 1st and tries to push DEAD MECH to the top! Info can be found here: http://jakebible.com/the-amazon-kindle-dead-mech-rush/