Jim Hines sent me a link to a survey he’s doing that examines first time authors and how they broke into the market, and he asked if some of you might be interested in taking it:
We talk a lot about how to sell that first novel to a major publisher, but it’s hard sometimes to draw any real conclusions on the best way to break in when all we’ve got is a lot of anecdotal data. Everyone’s path is different. The experience of someone who broke in twenty years ago might not match the realities of publishing today. For that matter, the experience of someone who broke in today might not match the realities of someone else who broke in today.
So, taking a page from Tobias Buckell and his first novel advance survey, I’ve put together a survey about selling that first novel. I would love it if anyone who has sold at least one novel (any genre, including tie-ins — there’s a question where you can enter genre) to a professional publisher (for at least a $2000 advance**) could take a few minutes to click the survey link and answer about a dozen questions. If you don’t have exact numbers, please give your best estimate.
**The minimum $2000 advance is an arbitrary cutoff point, which I took from SFWA’s guidelines for professional publishers.
Hines has collected many responses from SF/F authors, since he’s a fantasy author himself, but he wanted to hear from authors outside just one genre, so if you have a moment, many thanks for your time, from Jim and from me. Additional details are at his site, as well as a link to the survey itself, which can also be found here.