So today I had planned to share with you authors who wrote two or more unpublished novels before they published their first sellable novel. You know, to make most of us feel better about ourselves! Almost every writer has a hard drive or desk drawer with at least one novel that won’t ever feel the glory of publication (probably a good thing, too!). The problem is, it’s not something authors put on their websites because it's not pertinent information. Authors will mention it in an interview if it comes up, but I couldn’t find much on the internet. The info might be on an author’s wikipedia page, but I’m weary of taking information from there if I can’t confirm it from a credible site. This is all I found:
Nicholas Sparks wrote two unpublished novels before The Notebook was sold in 1996. By the way, here’s a little nudge of encouragement for 'ya: His first novel was a slush-pile discovery! Janet Evanovich wrote five unsold novels before her first romance novel, Hero at Large, was published in 1987. J. K. Rowling was writing novels for adults before Harry Potter flew into her head (on a broomstick, no doubt). In the book Conversations with J. K. Rowling, she mentions she has a drawer dedicated to those few “terrible” manuscripts.
Is that all for today? Of course not!!! I can’t leave my Friday posts so lackluster! The following are a few links I found when I was searching information for this post, a farrago of random trivia and fun stuff! Enjoy and happy procrastinating!!!
How many novels did you write before selling one? These are results from an unofficial survey taken by author Tobias Buckell. It has percentages and comments from anonymous writers on how many novels they’ve written.
A plethora of Quizzes on Goodreads such as:
On zazzle.com, customized apparel, accessories, and office supplies for authors! (And pretty much every other kind of occupation. Perfect gifts for someone special!)
From Drexel University, the all-time bestselling books and authors (as of sometime in 2009).
An article naming the ten bestselling fiction authors of all time (as of March 2010). Some names may surprise you!
To those of you who are published or soon-to-be published, how many novels did you write before you wrote “the one”? To those of you yet-to-be published, how many novels have you already written? Do you think your current novel is “the one”?
To answer my own questions, I completed one novel last November during NaNoWriMo. I didn’t bother to revise it much. My current novel-in-progress is definitely not the one. It’s practice for sure. I anticipate I have many more novels yet to write before I write my first publishable one. Authordom is a long, slow dream so good thing I enjoy it, and I sure hope you all do, too! Have a fabulous weekend, zigzaggers!!!