Nora Esthimer Explains How The Line Forms Here
A writer sits alone and writes a novel. A writer sits in the middle of Grand Central Station at rush hour and writes a novel. Sooner or later, a writer wants a reader for her novel. And a second reader. A thousandth reader. A millionth.
A writer finds it odd that the readers haven’t been waiting for her, standing on line, lattes in hand, for as long it takes. Perhaps getting impatient and chanting, “we want stories, we want stories.”
Since the readers don’t queue themselves up, eventually a writer must put out a sign, “line forms here.” In other words, she must publish.
I am such a writer and a year ago I made the decision to form my own publishing company, Lystra Books & Literary Services, to publish myself and a few friends. Let’s agree that Lystra Books & Literary Services can compete for the title of world’s smallest publisher.
My friend, Jenny, is also in print. With Random House. The world’s largest publisher. Jenny and I had an opportunity to speak in public about our different paths to publication and while her “line forms here” sign is about 1,000 times larger than mine, we have much more in common than not. We each want to tell a good story and tell it well. We each want readers, one at a time, to love what we do and to tell someone.
Poets have slams. Artists have galleries. Musicians have clubs. Writers like Jenny and me, we have our “line forms here” signs. If you love books and reading, please keep in mind that books are sold one at a time. No matter who the writer is. Please read, love, and tell. Read again, and remind the people you tell to tell someone else.
Nora Gaskin is author of Until Proven: A Mystery in 2 Parts and Time of Death. Read more about the content of these books at Lystra Books and Literary Services.
Her friend, Jenny Milchman, is the author of Cover of Snow. All good reads!