Mark Terry

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Fear & Arrogance

July 29, 2008
If all goes according to plan (we can always hope), I will complete my nonfiction book proposal today. Then I will start trying to find an agent to market it (my agent does not handle nonfiction).

I'm sort of tense about this. I make a living writing nonfiction. I've written and published literally hundreds of magazine pieces, probably close to a hundred on topics related to the proposal. I'm seriously qualified to write this book. I think the material I've written to-date, about 50 pages, is excellent. It's informative, interesting, well-written, and entertaining. I think it takes an approach to scientific material (it's about genetics and medicine) that more writers should take. I think it's great, in other words. (There's the arrogance).

And yet, I do understand how capricious publishing can be. I think this probably stands a better chance of getting picked up than my novels, just because it's nonfiction. But I'm nervous about this. Maybe I feel like there's a lot riding on its success, I don't know.

Aahhh, well, if you've seen the movie "Bull Durham" (picture above) you probably remember a scene later in the movie when Nuke (Tim Robbins) is being sent up to the major leagues and Crash (Kevin Costner) tells him, "You have to play this game with fear and arrogance."

I know exactly what he was talking about and it applies to writing, too.

Of course, Nuke says, "Got it. Fear and ignorance."

That helps, too, actually. 

Mark Terry


Blogger spyscribbler said...

Hah! That's funny. You're right, too. Ignorance can be a blessing if you don't have the arrogance. :-)

6:41 AM  
Blogger Stephen Parrish said...

If you think it's great, so will someone else. Nice post.

6:46 AM  
Blogger Jude Hardin said...

Best of luck with it, Mark!

7:32 AM  
Blogger Zoe Winters said...

If no one takes it but you're still in love with it, you can find a way to sell it yourself. If cash flow is an issue, you can sell it as an ebook at first since ebooks sell much better when they're information products.

Then when you have the financing to go to print, there are several books like anything by Marilyn and Tom Ross who are the gods of self publishing, or Peter Bowman has a great book too called: "The well fed self publisher"

I know this route isn't for everyone, but putting your own work out there is much easier for nonfiction than for fiction to find your audience. Just know you've got options should agents and editors not bite and you still know you have something worth getting out there.

I know the risk is too great for a lot of people, but just know you always do have that option.

8:31 AM  
Anonymous Eric Mayer said...

Good move. Now you won't have to compete with that fiction writing kid of yours.

Seriously, they say nonfiction is easier to sell and sells more. So you can end up with a nonfiction bestseller then they'll let you publish some novels to keep you happy.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Mark Terry said...

From your lips to God's ears...

10:25 AM  
Blogger kitty said...

Didn't he also play the game wearing women's panties?


1:29 PM  
Blogger Mark Terry said...

--garters, actually.

Also, you know, breathing through his eyelids. :) (like the Galapagos lizards, or so she told him).

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

runescape money runescape gold runescape money buy runescape gold buy runescape money runescape money runescape gold wow power leveling wow powerleveling Warcraft Power Leveling Warcraft PowerLeveling buy runescape gold buy runescape money runescape itemsrunescape accounts runescape gp dofus kamas buy dofus kamas Guild Wars Gold buy Guild Wars Gold lotro gold buy lotro gold lotro gold buy lotro gold lotro gold buy lotro gold runescape money runescape power leveling runescape money runescape gold dofus kamas cheap runescape money cheap runescape gold Hellgate Palladium Hellgate London Palladium Hellgate money Tabula Rasa gold tabula rasa money Tabula Rasa Credit Tabula Rasa Credits Hellgate gold Hellgate London gold wow power leveling wow powerleveling Warcraft PowerLeveling Warcraft Power Leveling World of Warcraft PowerLeveling World of Warcraft Power Leveling runescape power leveling runescape powerleveling eve isk eve online isk eve isk eve online isk tibia gold Fiesta Silver Fiesta Gold
Age of Conan Gold
buy Age of Conan Gold
aoc gold

china tour
beijing tour
beijing travel
china tour
tibet tour
tibet travel
computer monitoring software
employee monitoring

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always heard something from my neighbor that he sometimes goes to the internet bar to play the game which will use him some Atlantica online Gold,he usually can win a lot of Atlantica Gold,then he let his friends all have some cheap Atlantica online Gold,his friends thank him very much for introducing them the Atlantica online money,they usually buy Atlantica online Gold together.

8:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope i can get Sho Online Mun in low price,
Yesterday i bought Sho Mun for my friend.
i want him like it. i will give Sho Online gold to him
as birthday present. i like the Sho gold very much.
I usually buy Sho Online gold and keep it in my store.

8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think that theguaid wars gold in the game is important, many players want to in the game has moregw gold, so in the game they effort to do the tasks, sometimes they spend a little money tobuy guild war gold, so I think if now I had enough cheap guild wars gold them sold to them, I can earn a lot money.

6:15 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home