A is for agents. Acceptance. Advance. Accolades.
B is for book. Book buyers. Bestseller. Bookstore. Book trailer. All kinds of good things start with B.
C is for critics, who love my work, and also for commitment, because it takes a lot of that to write a book.
D is for damn, that’s one good book!
E is for editors, who also love my work. E is also for e-books, because, you know, I’m going with the flow.
F is for final manuscript and also for first draft, because you have to start somewhere.
G is for guerilla marketing, because publishers don’t have the budgets they once did.
H is for hardcover, because as much as I’m willing to go with the flow—oh, do I want to hold a hard copy of my book in my hands and breathe in the smell of it.
I is for independent bookstores, which rock.
J is for “Jeez, did you see that awesome review in The New York Times?”
K is for Kirkus, because I’m a suck-up.
L is for library, because I’m sucking up to them, too.
M is for mass-market paperback (also fun to hold and smell), and also for “Make room on the shelf.”
N is for never give up.
O is for option, as in “How nice that the film option was sold before the book was even published.”
P is for publish. Press. Print. Publicity.
Q is for quitting the day job.
R is for royalties and reviews. R is not for rejection.
S is for subsidiary rights, sales, and sex scenes, because I like writing them.
T is for ten-city book tour, and also for trade paperback (yet again—fun to hold and smell).
U is for up, as in “Book sales are up.”
V is for video, because I’ll make ’em if you’ll watch ’em.
W is for “Would you like me to sign that for you?”
X is for x-rated, because I don’t want you to say I didn’t warn you.
Y is for “Yes, in fact, I did write that book.”
Z is for zeal, because if you don’t feel zeal for your work, why bother?