Setting: My House, Dinnertime…
Players: Well-Meaning and Supportive Relative, Me…
Relative – Hey, Katy, how’s that book you’re working on coming along?
Me – Really well, actually. I’m moving pretty quickly. It’s a lot of fun to write so far.
Relative – What’s it about again?
Me – It’s a ghost story, a mystery, and a romance all wrapped up into one.
Relative – And what about that other book? The one you said agents were reading?
Me – Still waiting to hear back from most of them.
Relative – Here’s an idea… what about just calling Walmart and asking them if they’d be willing to sell your book?
Me (at a loss) – Um, that wouldn’t really work…
Relative – Why not?
Me – Because my “book” is a word file on my computer. Books have to be produced before they’re sold at major retailers.
Relative (thoughtful) – Oh…
Me – Before books can be produced, they have to be bought by a publisher. Before that–in most cases–they have to be agented.
Relative – Hmm… well, do you *think* Walmart will sell your book someday?
Me (undeniably hopeful, yet realistic) – Walmart sells best-sellers, for the most part. Books that have already proven themselves.
Relative – Yeah?
Me – It takes a long time or a ton of luck–often both–to get to that point.
Relative – Oh, well hopefully, right?
Me – Yep, hopefully!
Moral of the Story: If you’re not IN IT, you just don’t get it.