|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #43|
Let's say you want to bring The Great Modern Novel into this world but you have four interrelated and insurmountable obstacles: you are too lazy--you prefer the expression "motivationally challenged"--to finish writing it, especially in light of the fact that you are too obscure to have a publisher or a readership that might attract one. Also, you're too modest and shy to promote your work or yourself, before or after publication.
|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #81|
Write three chapters of your book: the first one, the last one, and the one that best advances the main plot. Post them on a free blog like this, one at a time over a few days or weeks. Post social media links to it with a nifty title and catch phrase. In theory, at least, your friends and relatives will read it and post complimentary reviews and a desire to see the completed work. Their acquaintances might do the same. Soon, strangers will be commenting. Once you have generated enough positive feedback an editor is likely to notice [with or without your assistance]. What outlet wouldn't want to produce work that already has a built-in market?¹ (See "#slam dunk" and "#fish in a barrel.")
|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #90|
In the near future we will release an experimental wholesale script-tease novel entitled "Love is a Weakness", a tale about a girl who changed the world.² Watch for it here!
¹ - Other than Poetry magazine, of course.
² - Note the provocative title and description. The poetry connection will be abundantly evident when you read it.