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Several times in the last couple years, I've come across the assumption that it's incredibly hard to get a book published without connections in the industry. I've always argued against this, seeing it as a myth. After all, I had no connections when I got my agent and sold my book, and most of the other authors I've talked to about it didn't, either.

But "authors I've talked to about it" isn't a very large sample, and I figure those aspiring authors in need of hope are more likely to listen to evidence that's a little more solid. So! My current project is to provide that evidence.

Have you sold a book-length work of fiction at some point during your life? (We're sticking to fiction because I know nonfiction is in many ways a totally different creature.) Doesn't matter the genre or age group you wrote for--kids, teens, adults--it's all good.

If you have, please fill out this quick poll for me.

Even if you did have connections that helped you sell your book, I still want to hear from you! It's only representative if it includes everyone. Who knows, I could be proven wrong and find out that it isn't such a myth after all.

And, because the more data we get the stronger the evidence, I would be grateful if you'd pass word about this poll along to other writers.

I'll keep it open for at least a week and then post the findings.

Thanks in advance!


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Aug. 24th, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
I submitted my answers... which fall right in line with the is-it-or-isn't-it-a-myth you're hoping to disprove. :-)
Aug. 24th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
I haven't checked Verla's today. Did you post this on there already? You can probably get lots of responses from there. :-)
Aug. 26th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
Did! Yes, the people at Verla's are always super helpful. :) Thanks for answering!
Aug. 25th, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)
What a great idea. I'm very much looking forward to the results. =D
Aug. 26th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
Heh, me too!
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My Books

Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014

The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014

Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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