July 31st, 2009

The mail I get

So I just got an email - did anyone else get this?

Stripping out the contact info, it says:

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I have written an action-adventure novel (complete at 206,000 words). The work has been has been edited, and it has undergone extensive rewriting. It should be awfully close to publish-ready! Due to a recent financial disaster, I’m forced to sell the manuscript outright as quickly as I possibly can. My goal was to have it published, but that is no longer an option. I need whatever money I can get from this work as quickly as I can possibly get it. Call it an emergency, and you won’t be wrong by much.

The book offers plenty of action, drama, and intrigue; a touch of romance, a few near-disasters, and a number of scenes that will touch your heart.

I know you’re a busy professional. I also know the book has the potential to become a serious “hit” for someone with foresight who has the ability to do something with it.
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A. 206,000 is too long. At least twice too long.
B. Why would an author buy someone else's book, when she could write her own?
C. And why would a publisher buy a book from someone who hasn't authored the book? Pretty much every publisher right now wants an author who has a platform, or failing that, someone who is willing to promote, part of which involves telling about your relationship to the book you wrote.
D. Nothing right now is a sure thing in the publishing world.
E. And who says authors have a lot of money - money that they want to throw at something that is definitely less than a sure thing?
F. I hope you have a back up plan.

What would you add to my comments?



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