“They have to make a movie out of this!”
“I’ve never read anything like this before!”
“You must have sold a millions copies! This is so damn good!”
“You must be rich after writing this!”
Those were only some of the comments made about my first novel, “Mr. Breeze”. I wish all of them were true, but the unfortunate reality for a self-published writer is that 99% of us never get any recognition, and if we do we must either hire firms to get the word out or become skilled at self-marketing.
So here I am. My second novel, “Revelation: The Return of Mr. Breeze” has just been released and I am already hearing words like “monumental” to describe it.
As I embark on my second publicity tour, I find that my expectations are muted as I have learned a great many things about the publishing and the movie industry over the last year and a half.
A movie treatment for “Mr. Breeze” is, even as I write this is, in the hands of studios and production companies in Hollywood. Would “Mr. Breeze” make a better film than 90% of what is being brought to the screen this days? Yes it would. Myself and many, many others have no doubt of that.
Will there be a film? That remains to be seen…
Now back to the novels, and the “you must have sold a millions copies” comment. I responded with an analogy by saying that a book is sort of like if a tree falls in the woods and no one hears it. If no one knows about your book, no matter how good it is, you will never sell a single copy.
This is what it’s like being a self-published author.