I read on the Internet that, if an agent or a publisher is interested in my work, they should spend their money on my book, not my money. Would you please comment?
The best way to address this comment is with a question. What do you think a writer must do to persuade an agent or publisher to invest their money in an author and her work? Lately it seems that writers expect to get something for nothing. They are under the mistaken impression that, because they have written a novel or nonfiction manuscript, they are ipso facto entitled to free reviews, free marketing, free editorial advice and a considerable advance from a major publisher. For a very select few, this is indeed the case. But those select authors have earned the right to receive this very exclusive treatment, and much is expected from their work. Every success has its price, and every well-known author has a story to tell about how that success happened for him. I wish I could say that good writing alone will be enough to earn you literary success, but it is not. Today’s new writers must produce well-crafted work, know how to promote themselves effectively, and be willing to assist in their own publicity and public relations.
May I comment too?
This "very exclusive treatment" goes to ... everyone who signs with a legitimate agency and a legitimate publisher!
Good writing alone may not bring you "success," but it'll sure-enough get you published. What no one's figured out yet is how to make the public buy a book they don't want. Believe it or not, sending money to a scammer won't make the public want to read your book either.
The best way to address this comment is with a question. What do you think a writer must do to persuade an agent or publisher to invest their money in an author and her work?
Write a good book. That's 100% of it.