"It's a great book, but we're not sure we can market it."
-- Every agent or publisher who has read "I Pray Hardest When I'm Being Shot At."
I can't hold this response against them. If anything, the fact that unbiased professionals who aren't related to me use complimentary terms to describe a book that is, on its surface, a family history, only adds fuel to my fire to get this book published. It's clear that almost anyone can enjoy this book because it covers so many aspects of life: love, war, family drama, generation gaps, soul searching, history, and the essentials of life and death. It’s the story of three generations, told in the first person, and centered on two romances, one of sixty years, the other of just a few months.
But while my grandfather might have been a 3 war veteran and retired Major, he wasn't famous. While the story of his relationship with my grandmother might be riddled with twists and turns stranger than fiction, they're not celebrities.
It doesn't make much business sense for a publisher to invest money into an unknown author's unknown book about unknown people. I understand that, just as I know without a doubt that positive world of mouth will eliminate all those concerns.
Thankfully, I found a publisher who could help me, although they'd have to do so creatively in an effort to limit their risks. They asked me to take on some of the load so they weren't stuck holding the bag if "Pray" doesn't catch on. I thought that only sounded reasonable.
So here I am, hat in hand, asking for contributions to publish what I consider to be not just an important book, but one that you'll enjoy. And I promise you that every dollar you contribute is going to equal many, many hours of work on my end, hours spent promoting the book and making sure it gets the audience it deserves.
- (30 days)