Are you a small business owner who’s still trying to get the attention of a publisher or literary agent?
Haven’t they noticed you and your writing?
What’s the deal with that?
Perhaps, they’re too busy reading about James Erwin. If you don’t know the story of James Erwin and how his responses to a Reddit question landed him a deal with Hollywood, here’s the scoop from Wired magazine.
James Erwin writes software manuals for an Iowa financial services firm. The pay and short commute aren’t too shabby. One day at work (on his lunch break) he logged into Reddit and decided to answer the following question posted by Reddit user ‘The_Quiet_Earth,’ “Could I destroy the entire Roman Empire during the reign of Augustus if I traveled back in time with a modern U.S. Marine infantry battalion or MEU (Marine Expeditionary Unit?”
James posted his answers in segments and basically started writing a story that would soon get so much attention that it got him a Hollywood deal.
James was contacted by Adam Kolbrenner who runs literary management and production company Madhouse Entertainment. He forwarded the Reddit link to an executive at Warner Bros., and a producer on the movie “300″ said he wanted to be involved in getting James’ story produced. Warner Bros. made him an offer. The rest is history.
Congratulations to James!
How to Attract Publishers for Your Business Book
Use your storytelling skills and answer questions on Reddit and other sites.
If posting on Reddit could land James Erwin a Hollywood deal, it could get you a publisher and or literary agent which could lead to a Hollywood deal for your book.
Don’t hold back when you answer questions. Give it everything you’ve got.
Communities like Reddit and other websites are influential, obviously. James was encouraged by Reddit members to keep writing which is exactly what he did.
All it took was one response from James to ‘hook’ the audience and draw others into his story. Before James knew it, he was being contacted by people in Hollywood and asked if he could write a screenplay for his story. How awesome is that?
Get out of your comfort zone and tick people off! Instead of agreeing with everyone, write a comment that goes against the majority. This may be scary but push through the fear. You will survive. By the way … it’s a good way to develop a thick skin.
Being controversial doesn’t mean being disrespectful; you don’t have to use foul language. Post comments that are clear and concise.
Controversy sells and is a great way to gain attention. Even though it may seem like negative attention to you, the fact is that you can attract a lot of people to a thread based on your writing is powerful.
Publishers and literary agents look for writers who have or can gain a strong following.
This is why it pays to be controversial.
Participate in writing prompts.
You can find many writing prompts on the internet and in magazines such as Writer’s Digest.
It’s important for small business owners who want to become authors to be able to accept constructive criticism. If you don’t, you may not improve your writing or storytelling skills.
You’ll want to hire an editor for your book so they can make suggestions and you can submit revisions and start pitching your project.
Of course, if a publisher or literary agent reads your writing prompt, you could have a deal in no time.
Write Your Book and Attract Publishers and Literary Agents
These are some ways your writing can attract a publisher, literary agent, producer, or even studio executive. Make sure you’re ready for the fun and excitement. You read that right. Is it work if you love what you do? You’re a writer for a reason, you love to write.
If you’ve been blessed with a writing contract, enjoy the ride!
What other tips do you have for attracting a publisher and or literary agent? Let me know in the comments below.