|Click to enlarge. The list of cities represents the top 10 for the last year.|
I've talked about this before, speculating on why Landless appeals to Londoners the way it does. The margin between London and New York is huge, much more so than between cities farther down the list. Granted, I'm probably overthinking this, looking for definable reasons where it's probably due to a simple explanation, like fluke, happenstance or benevolent extraterrestrials.
Still, what does this mean for future endeavors? Or, for my London friends, endeavours? I've always assumed that when I have a book to get published, it would be here in the U.S., with exploration into other countries later on. However, is that a reasonable thing to think, or is that hopelessly old school?
Assuming for the moment that I don't have every major house falling over themselves, throwing six-figure advances at me to secure the rights to my first novel (crazy talk, I know, but bear with me), a large part of that freshman effort's distribution is going to be as an e.book. If I do an indie pub, it'll be almost entirely e.book, with paperback only as a POD option.
Since readers all over the world can download an e.book, or have it printed locally, is there any difference between London, New York and Sydney? It's not like I'm going to have a publisher paying the tab for a big overseas book tour, or even a domestic one. Signings and readings locally in the Philadelphia area would be part of local promotion, but New York is only two hours away, and I'd have to go there on my own dime.
Is it crazy to consider London agents and publishers as fair game? Why would they be any more remote or distant than someone in New York, L.A., Chicago or Cleveland? Every interaction would be via e.mail, telephone or post. I've worked with a far-flung editor and publisher that way, coordinating my writing with that of co-authors in multiple parts of the world. It all worked out fine, even with the challenges of the various timezones.
Anyone have any experience they'd like to share on long-distance writer-agent-publisher interactions?
p.s. Philadelphia isn't in the top 10, nor is it in the top 25. No man is a hero in his hometown.
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