This article is part of my ongoing Wannabe Pride Self-Publishing blog series in preparation for publishing my novel, QUEEN HENRY, in July of 2014. Proceeds from this novel will go to the Harvey Milk Foundation.
41 Weeks Until Publication
This week I continued my quest for celebrity LGBT activist endorsements, as well as LGBT organization endorsements. My hope is that they will take the time to read my book and hopefully write a quick sentence or two to help me promote it since all the proceeds will go to the Harvey Milk Foundation. Honestly, I don’t know how optimistic I am that I will get a YES from anybody. Still, as a writer I am no stranger to rejection, and I truly believe you have to take risks if you want to succeed. I suppose the main risk here is financial – it cost about two bucks a packet for each mailing. Fortunately, I was able to email the information to some people. The organizations in particular were easy to find online.
So, now we wait.
It’s kind of fun. Every time I get an email notification and each time I check the snail mail box, there’s always the hope that I will get some good news. Even a nice NO from a celebrity (or, more likely, someone from their staff) or from an organization is better than no response at all. I think I’m so used to rejection that I will be shocked if anybody says YES.
Still. They might.
Here’s a list of the people I contacted this week:
GLAAD, GLCCB (Baltimore organization),Baltimore OutLoud, PFLAG, You Can Play Project, It Gets Better, Born This Way Foundation, True Colors Fund, Saritza Hernandez (literary agent who represents LGBT books), Jason Collins, Huffington Post Gay, Lt. Dan Choi, Rachel Maddow, Dan Savage, Greg Louganis, Wanda Sykes, Lance Bass, Rosie O’Donnell, Coco Peru, Martin Sheen, Alan Cumming, Jane Lynch, Daniel Radcliffe, Zachary Quinto, Sharon Needles (Rupaul’s Drag Race).
Wish me luck!
– Linda Fausnet