MOUNT PLEASANT — Getting a first book published is usually difficult and may never happen. But at least there are different ways of approaching that, authors at Barnes & Noble Booksellers said Saturday.
During an all-day authors event at the store, 2710 S. Green Bay Road, which included a writers workshop, naturally one topic was how to get published. Participating writers said rejections come with the job at first.
John Everson of Naperville, Ill., writer of horror novels and short-story collections, said he’d given up on getting “Covenant,” his first novel, published by a major house.
Then he turned to Delirium Books, which only prints 300 numbered, signed copies of each book.
When “Covenant” won a Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association, a Polish publisher asked if it could do a translated version, Everson said. “So there were 3,000 copies of my book in Poland, and 300 in the U.S.”
Today, Everson’s books — including his latest, an erotic horror story called “NightWhere” — are published by Amazon’s 47 North label. Some of his books are also available as audiobooks.
Dan Manoyan of Kenosha, a longtime sports reporter, said he self-published the first of his two books, “Men of Granite,” in 2007, a true story of a basketball team in Granite City, Ill. Manoyan said he thought there was an audience there for the 2,000 copies that cost him about $10 per book.
“I mainly wanted to self-publish because I was told I would (otherwise) lose the movie rights,” Manoyan said. It may have been a good choice; “Men of Granite” is currently being turned into a screenplay, he said.
His latest book, which came out in September, is called, “Alan Ameche: The Story of ‘The Horse.’ ” Manoyan said he had just one rejection for a story about Ameche, the Kenosha native who won the 1954 Heisman Trophy playing for the University of Wisconsin and later starred for the Baltimore Colts.
Then, Manoyan said, he heard about the University of Wisconsin Press and, “They gobbled it right up.”
Linda Godfrey’s specialty is books about strange creatures, people and places; one of her books is titled “Hunting the American Werewolf.”
For her first book, “The Poison Widow: a True Story of Sin, Strychnine, and Murder,” Godfrey, of Elkhorn, needed submission guidelines of the former Trails Media.
But they weren’t posted online, so one day Godfrey called to ask for them. “Everyone had gone out to lunch for someone’s birthday,” she said. The only person left, the editor, answered the phone. He was interested enough to ask for the first couple of chapters.
After numerous books, Godfrey began working with an agency. Her latest book is both her first novel and first e-book: “God Johnson; the Unforgiven Diary of the Disciple of a Lesser God.” She called it a cross between urban and paranormal fiction.