Getting Ready for the Bigs
It took me thirty years to get my first novel published. Along the way I wrote three other full-length novels (and about thirty screenplays), each of which took two years of full-time work and none of which made the cut. A few years ago I took those early book-attempts down from the shelf and looked them over, wondering if they might be worth resuscitating.
They were not ready then, and they’re not ready now.
What makes something ready for the Big Leagues? How long do we have to languish in the minors before we break through? What does it take to get over the hump?
I suspect that no few of the readers of this blog find themselves in that exact same spot.
What’s the final piece to the puzzle?
I’ve just finished a long-form piece that addresses this specific issue. This is the piece I’ve been talking about over the past few weeks in posts about “The Foolscap Method” and about “Going from Unpublishable to Publishable.”
The material is not theoretical. It’s nuts and bolts. It comes from my own experience with my own first published novel, The Legend of Bagger Vance—how the book came together, what set it apart from failed stuff that went before, etc.
We’re rolling out this piece in segments, starting today. It’ll be published not here on the blog (it’s way too long for a blog post) but sent via e-mail to everyone who signs up.
The first two sections of this roll-out feature ten-minute videos about the Foolscap Method (I’ve been mentioning these in this space over the past couple of weeks) with an extra goodie or two thrown in. After you enter your e-mail address, the first video will appear in your Inbox in about an hour.
I promise: no spam or B.S. now or in the future. And lots of interesting long-form stuff (like Shawn’s The Story Grid) coming in the months ahead.
The Foolscap Method is an organizing technique for writers, artists, and entrepreneurs. I learned it about thirty years ago from my great friend and mentor Norman Stahl, who taught it to me over a cheeseburger at Joe Allen’s in New York. The Foolscap Method is the best system I’ve ever encountered for breaking the logjam of Resistance at the start of a project. It’s also an unbeatable way to pull yourself out of a hole halfway through, when you’re climbing the walls and talking to yourself as you stumble down the street.
Learning to use this technique took me from being an amateur to being a pro. (Of course, no one said it was easy.) But it’s free. It’s simple. And it works.
My thanks to everyone for being patient with us on the blog as we’ve worked out (we hope) the tech bugs for this roll-out. This is new stuff for us. It’s exciting, and I hope it helps all our homies struggling like us in the trenches.
Watch the video for details or sign up please and let’s get rolling!