Nathan Bransford, Author


Monday, August 27, 2012

The Publishing Process in GIF Form

At first you're thinking of writing a novel and you're all...


But then you have an idea!


And you go...


But then you hit page 50 and you're all....


And then you hit page 75 and you're all...


But you power through!!


And then you're finished!!! You have finished a novel!!


Only then find out you have to start querying agents.


So you write your query letter...


You obsess over it...


And then you send it out to agents and you're all...


Then a couple of days go by and you're all...


And...

And...


But then you hear from your first agent!! And you're all...


And...


And it's a rejection. But it's just your first one so you're all...


Then you get a few more and it's more like...


But then! An agent calls! And they love your work! They want to represent you! And inside you're like...


But you don't want your agent to think you're crazy so instead you're like...


And you love your agent! When you say "yes" you want to...


But instead you go...


And then it's time to submit to publishers. You are back on submission, and you're like...


Then the editors start saying....


And...


And your inbox starts looking like...



And you're all...


And...


And...


But then your phone says your agent is calling. And you want to be like...


But instead it's more like...


And it's an offer! You have an offer! And you feel like...


And...


And...


And...


And then you go celebrate with your friends and they're all...


And on the car ride home you're still like...


But it's time for revisions. And you pretend you know what you're doing...


And it's back to...


But then you're done! You're really really done! Only your book doesn't come out for another year. And so you're like...


And...


You get your cover and you're all...


But then publication day approaches! And your reviews start coming out and it kind of feels like...


But some of them are good! And you're like...


And then your book is out there! People are reading your book!


And it feels pretty good!


And there's only one thing to do. Start the whole thing over again.


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283 comments:

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Ava Jae said...

I love this! Great GIF compilation, Nathan. Very amusing. :)

Rick Daley said...

I really enjoyed that, thanks! How long did it take you to put it together?

Matthew MacNish said...

I got about half way through before I could no longer relate. :(

Julia Munroe Martin said...

(So funny!) Querying here.... just let me get to the Elf stage... THEN I'll be happy :)

kelli_call said...

OMG! This is awesome! I really needed that this Monday morning!

Dan Blank said...

Brilliant!

AR said...

Oh come on, didn't anyone else laugh wildly?

Well, I did. One of my virtues is "detects hilarity with high degree of accuracy."

P.S. Nathan your captchas are getting almost impossible to read.

Regina Sirois said...

I want to start every week laughing that hard! Thank you! So glad to know that all my very personal, unique literary moments are actually so universal it's trite. ;)

Swati said...

16 Thanks for this! I did actually laugh out loud when the "reviewer" fell from the ceiling on the passing by "author". I will share this with my students.

abc said...

tears of laughter!

Peter said...

Absolutely brilliant!

Haylee Slater said...

This made my day!

David said...

Perfect! Wonderful!

D.G. Hudson said...

Nice photo study of angst for writers.

Kelly J Hitchen said...

This is innovative, hilarious and brilliant Nathan. I will re watch it each time I go through each stage again! Thanx :)

Jaimie said...

THIS.

Fred said...

I dunno, Nathan, this kinda comes across as though you're advocating going indie. :)

Jeff Xilon said...

Yeah, that's pretty fantastic.

Jon Chaisson said...

Heehee! This totally made my Monday morning! Thanks!! :)

Lori Folkman said...

Best post ever!!!

Jon Chaisson said...
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Xanthorpe said...

Spectacular!

LSH said...

Brilliant - you have been following my writing process clearly ...

Caleb said...

Advocating indie? Nathan isn't doing that at all. Are you joking? Who would go indie and miss out on the glory of this life-changing journey Nathan depicts where you end up ... in the same place you ... started ...

Oh, never mind.

Jennifer Schubert said...

Brilliant! Thanks for the Monday laugh!

Anonymous said...

You need a hug for that one :)

Next up: do the one where the self-published author goes through all the steps until agent rejection, then self-pubs a substandard book on Amazon, and hires people to write book reviews for him or her on fiverr.com.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/26/business/book-reviewers-for-hire-meet-a-demand-for-online-raves.html?_r=3&pagewanted=2

SpiritsWithin said...

This is funny, and accurate! Love it.

Jan O'Hara (Tartitude) said...

Genius. This one's going to go viral.

Jordan McCollum said...

I laughed. I cried. Now I think I'm going to go puke.

It's just like the novel process!

LOVE.

Rick Daley said...

Making fun of Indie authors is like making fun of small businesses. Just because a tomato you buy at a farmer's market doesn't have the uniform shape and color of the produce at your corporate supermarket doesn't mean it is lacking in nutrients or flavor.

Nathan Bransford said...

Thanks, everyone! Rick, it took a few hours more than I was expecting, but (needless to say) it was really fun putting it together.

wyn labouchardiere said...

Interesting - Yes, I think I will have to start all over again.

Jemi Fraser said...

Love it!!!! Well worth the loading time! :)

Robena Grant said...

Love, love, love this. I could so identify. Must send over some writer pals. Especially loved the look on the kitten's face. : )

Peter Dudley said...

Instant classic. Call ESPN.

Dana Fredsti said...

Best. Post. Ever. I so needed something like this today...

Renee Collins said...

LOVE THIS. SO much. :)

Wild About Words said...

Nathan,

HILARIOUS, DUDE!

And I'm all like . . . must share!

Thanks for the laughs,
Donna

Carrie said...

Well done, sir!

T.J. said...

Awesome doesn't being to describe this.

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

This was great!!!!

AnnalisaG said...

I never comment, but I just wanted you to know that I laughed and laughed and laughed. Thanks!

J.J. Bennett said...

Oh yeah...

Anonymous said...

OMGORSH my life is continually in the state of Princess Giselle twirling around. Is there something wrong with that? There must be something wrong with that... lol :D In other news, this was so perfectly unexpected. I can't believe AN AGENT-TURNED-WRITER was willing to admit the feelings of a newly signed client in such candid emotions! Wow! You are turning to the dark side, Nathan! Bravo! Just stunning! :D

ddelano said...

OMG - I laughed so hard I have tears running down my face (and everyone in my office thinks I am a lunatic!)
Thank you Nathan! - I guess if everyone goes through these torturous emotions, maybe I am on the right path after all!!

Kerry Ann @Vinobaby's Voice said...

This. Is. Awesome. I can only hope I make it to the end.

Maya said...

Made me smile. Back to revisions! :)

Penny said...

Every writer should see this!
Wonderful!

Penny said...

Every writer should see this!
Wonderful.

Tiffany N. York said...

Pure. fucking. gold.

Carrie Butler said...

This made my day! Thanks, Nathan. :)

Terry Shames said...

I'm in the blissful part. So far, everything else was true...

Clara Rose said...

LOL, loved it. Does someone have too much time on his hands? Is it time to start a new book perhaps?

This looks like procrastination to me :O)

Karen Mercury said...

EXACTLY. The best was the kid having a tantrum on the sidewalk.

Kathryn Paterson said...

This is excellent, Nathan! Thank you for "getting it." And Claire, yes, he should start another book (if he hasn't already, that sly dog), but we need to make sure it doesn't deprive us of these great posts. ;-) j/k, sort of.

LA Single Girl said...

I have never seen something that has embodied the publishing process in such a clever, completely accurate way! You are clearly a very talented guy!! :)

April Moore said...

You are brilliant. This made my day!

Unknown said...

LAUGHED so HARD! Thanks for this, made my Monday.

Tracy Krauss said...

Impressive and so spot on! Loved it!

Cindy Sproles said...

Afraid to ask how LONG this took. But so awesome. And perfect.

Brendan O'Meara said...

Hysterical! Great post!

MaryAnn Pope said...

Hilarious!

It sure makes the whole process seem pretty torturous and never ending. We all must be crazy. :)

kathleen duey said...

Perfect! True! Thanks!

misce-Laini-ous said...

Nathan, I don't think I've laughed this hard in MONTHS!

Thanks for posting this!

Bridgid said...

Ha - so funny! (In a kind of sad and terrifying way ...) Thanks for sharing! :)

Mary Frances Roya said...

Thanks that was funny. So you much be waiting to hear back for someone. Too much time on your hands. Tee Hee! Love it. Do some more.....

Angelina C. Hansen said...

Love it! And I just so happen to be reading JACOB WONDERBAR AND THE COSMIC SPACE KAPOW right now and I'm like: ^_^

Cheryl St.John said...

Oh my gosh. What a crack up!

Roger C. Parker said...

Wonderful. Brought back many memories.

Michael G-G said...

If a picture tells a thousand words, that 47,000 words right there. Congratulations on a complete MG ms. Brilliant!

liztalley said...

This is the best thing ever! I laughed till I cried on "Then you Power Through." Just awesomeness.

Christina said...

Hahahahahaha!! SO TRUE!!!

LooseMoose said...

If you guys like this there's a whole hilarious gif website dedicated to writers and publishing that's been around for a while. www.title2come.tumblr.com

Caroline Starr Rose said...

YES!!!!!

Danielle Sibarium said...

This is an amazing compilation that truly expresses the entire process!

Patricia said...

One of THE best posts I have EVER read.
Patti

June G said...

Perfect. Awesome. "Come at me, bro." ROFL...LOL...

Melinda Dozier said...

Absolutely perfect!

Zan said...

I quite enjoyed that. Don't do too many of those, but awesome! And also, yes, your captcha is very very hard to read, and I am definitely human, and also have human eyesight.

sharigreen said...

This is freakin' brilliant.

Muze said...

absolutely LOVE this.

so extremely true. lmaooo.

CNewton said...

OMG I love it! Exactly my feelings!

Jessica A. Kent said...

This is brilliant!!!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Really funny. You must have spent a lot of time on it.

Danielle Behr said...

I LOVE THIS! What an incredible idea!

mauratroy said...

29The one for page 75 is my favorite...and oh so accurate! :)

Heather Marsten said...

Excellent - I posted the link to this on my Facebook account. It tells the whole story.

Paula Friedman said...

Very right on. Well, write on. Very real indeed. The clips are from youtube--?
Well done!

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

LOVE. :)

BonSue Brandvik said...
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BonSue Brandvik said...

Great job! I'm at the "Page 75" GIF, so it's back to work for me. Thanks for the laugh!

Nancy Thompson said...

BEST. GIF. COMPILATION. EVERRRRRRRR!!

Kelly Polark said...

Just awesome.

Dianne Greenlay said...

Hands down, the best post of the week ( Oh, wait, it's only Monday... but still, it gets my vote, maybe even the best for the entire month!)

Rosi said...

A - MAZ - ING! You nailed every step. At least I think so. I haven't taken every step, but I think this must be right.

Harley Brooks said...

Love the guy dropping from the ceiling! Why didn't I ever think of doing that? Great stuff, Nathan!

Debra Lynn Lazar said...

Nathan, I love you. That is all.

Natalie said...

I love Spock falling to his knees. Thanks for the Monday laughs.

mary said...

This is SO GREAT!
I cannot wait to get to the Elf Stage myself. Or even better, the Spinning Woman Stage!
Thank you for putting this together.

Dawn Simon said...

This is so fun! I love it!

Paulette Alden said...

This was SO entertaining and SO TRUE! Whatever the effort, thanks!

Debbie said...

I swear to God, just before I saw this I was moping about how my story must have been rejected because I hadn't heard anything yet. Now I'm laughing my behind off! THANK YOU!

Darth Lolita said...

For some reason, I've always been of the opinion that as soon as an agent decides to represent you, the hard part is done and there's no need to stress.

NOW YOU MEAN TO TELL ME THERE'S MORE?! DX

(Jk, this was hilarious xD. Although it does seem like there's still a lot about the publishing process--and it's emotional stakes--that I just don't know of yet).

Laurence King said...

Awesome, Nathan!! LOVE it!!!

Kelle Z. Riley said...

I remember some of those stages well. Some, I have yet to experience. Thanks, Nathan, for a laugh.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the laugh, Nathan. Pauline

Anonymous said...

This hits so many nails on the head. I'm showing it to friends and family who don't write to give them a taste of what my writing life is like. Thanks.

Amberr Meadows said...

Most hilarious and truthful post I've seen all day.

Lo said...

BEST. This is why you win, Nathan Bransford.

Lo said...

Ok I'm not done. The best gif is the friends, all "Cheers, well done," and you're like "NO YOU DON'T EVEN UNDERSTAND THE YEARS OFF MY LIFE BECAUSE OF THIS. But okay. Thanks. Cheers."

Keisha Martin said...

lol so funny I am at rewriting/revising phase but you hit it on the mark I truly enjoyed it, and laughter helps during the various phases of getting agented/ published

Jenn Crowell said...

"Come at me, bro!" Love it. Classic. Thank you.

Jenna Blum said...

Yep, this is pretty much it, except I always thought the writing process is more like: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M30g3In8ao

Mira said...

Oh, this is wonderful, Nathan.

And I don't think it's a small thing!

You've created a multi-media art form that hundreds of people enjoyed today and will stay on your blog forever for new visitors to love.

AND, if you ever write a digital book about a relevant topic, you can link it.

And, I bet it was incredibly fun to create. :)

So AWESOME! :)

And I agree, the captchas are awful. Not your fault, I have no idea why Blogger is doing that. You can barely read them.

intricateknot said...

Nailed it. Bravo!

Juliet Madison said...

Hilarious, thank you!! And so true!

Joe Vasicek said...

Eh...maybe this was generally true five years ago (and the writing part at the beginning is still mostly true), but I'm an indie writer and frankly, I have no desire to seek out agents or publishers at this time. The contracts are just too unfavorable, and I'm having way too much fun doing it myself. But the emotional roller coaster on the indie side is pretty similar, though the milestones are completely different (First sale! First month without any sales! First five star review! First one star review! First royalty check! First email from a fan!). It would be interesting to see the GIFs for that one.

Jodi Carmichael said...

Oh man, I laughed. Nice to know we all go through the same agony and joy while trying to appear cool and professional. Awesome.

WriterGrl said...

I loved this! I'm a new follower and also in the querying stage, somewhere between kicking girl in striped tights and the guy who hates everything.

Suzanne Kiraly said...

This is brilliant! Thanks for this Nathan. Made my day:-)

maine character said...

This is me reading this:

(nodding gif)
(laughing gif)
(holding gut gif)

marciewrites said...

This is too creative. Thanks for sharing.

Kira Gordon said...

After a day of dealing with...let's just say copyright issues...this made my day. Thank you. Much needed laugh.

And thanks for letting me know I'm not the only emotional hosebeast when it comes to this process.

Vero said...

OMFG I freakin love this!! XD

Trisha said...

Hahah, I love this. And someday hope to get to the very end of it in my own career ;)

Keiki Hendrix said...

This is astounding. Loved it. So, spot on!

wendy said...

Amazing job, Nathan! Thanks! Only you could create something as clever as this. Like watching my life in the movies, actually. Good to know my emotional reactions are so universal. Wondering where you got all those anis from...

Orlanda Szabo said...

Brilliant! I would so love to see this go viral. It would do a lot of writers a lot of good in the chuckle department. ;-)

Heather Webb said...

How long did this take you to put together? I laughed hysterically! Thanks for that, Nathan. I'll be linking to that and sharing it!

K L Romo said...

Thank you for the great post. Very creative!

Mary McCallum said...

You made me laugh. This is so exactly IT. Thanks.

Savannah Chase said...

All I will say is...Amazing...

James Dugan said...

This was great. Well done and thanks.

Escape Artist Linda said...

Okay, so who's the superstar? You are, oh yes you are. So amazing, and soooo much fun!!

Lynette Eklund said...

I'm just tapping the edge of Conan O'Brien, but oh... I laughed until I hurt!

pennyklostermann.com said...

It's very rare that I laugh out loud this early in the morning from reading a blog post. Holy cow!!!! This is sooooo funny. I am new to writing and I was cracking up and thinking....Nathan Bransford has these feelings, too. You nailed it!! Again...cracking up!!!!!

Mike Donohoe said...

Too awesome. =^)

Louise Broadbent said...

I love this. The only problem is, the writer here seems to be sending out a first draft. Where's the circle of hell that is rewriting and editing and rewriting again and editing that rewrite and oh God it's still terrible, when will it end? You know?

Martha Ramirez said...

ABSOLUTELY LOVED this, Nathan!! It was def worth your time and effort! I bet it took some work. IO couldn't stop smiling as I watched. Thank you!

Nicole said...

Epic! You kept me laughing at how terribly and awesomely accurate it is.

Terin Tashi Miller said...

Perfect.

Debbie LaCroix said...

You rock!

Marta Szemik said...

Love this! Absolutely love it!

Annie said...

Hasn't this been done by Title2Come?

Will Overby said...

Awesome!!!

Timothy Forry said...

Hysterical! So true.

Susan Bodendo - Super Earthling said...

LOVED it! Absolutely brilliant. :D

Kimberly said...

So funny! What a great job! Thanks for the laugh!

Terri said...

Absolutely hysterical and so cute! Made my day, thanks!

Joanne said...

Scarily accurate, hilariously true.
And it never ends...

Joanne Bischof said...

This post should come with a box of kleenex because I'm crying I laughed so hard.

Ms. Elaine e. Us said...

Even if you don't experience all the steps it's still hilarious to watch and imagine !

Kathy Phillips said...

lol...That was great!

Susan Gabriel said...

This is absolutely brilliant. I could relate all the way to the end. Working on rewrites today for my agent, so this was a great laugh!

Jeri said...

What a great example of a visual essay! Such an effect would never be created via words alone, or even through words and pictures. Words and videos? YES!

carolynhughesthehurthealer said...

I really needed a good laugh today and this did it for me! Thank you!

thinkhappy said...

Truly awesome--and right on target--visual. I'm in the submission stage (to publishers) and loving that so many people "get" it.

D.V. Sheppard said...

I barely started looking at this post, before calling my husband over to join me. When we reached the bottom he says: "Definitely clip that to Evernote - so we can save it forever."
Awesome post. Poignant.

Ms. Cheevious said...

This was just so freaking funny... I'm glad YOU got an agent. My book is non-fiction memoir, so I am self-publshing! But this just CRACKED me up. Despite it all, I've lived through almost all of this (aside from the agent part. LOL) and am finishing up my book this month! :)

Diana Mcc. said...

So-o-o Funny and So-o-o True!!

Janny said...

Laughed 'til I cried!

Jenny S. Morris said...

Wow, this is the best and funniest representation ever!!!

Hope Roberson said...

Laughing harder, and harder, and harder . . .

Cinta García de la Rosa said...

I simply cannot stop laughing! Tears are rolling down my face! Well done. As a writer, I totally relate to that :D

Emily R. King said...

I can't stop laughing. PERFECT explanation. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Touchdown; Nathan Bransford!!!!

Bill

Stephanie said...

bwahahah! My girlfriend and I were laughing until tears rolls down our cheeks.

I'm getting ready to jump into this, and I'm terrified. I'm going to have to keep this as inspiration.

David C. Cassidy said...

Hilarious ... and sad but true! :)

colleen houck said...

Standing ovation! Every author should see it. Thanks for all the hard work putting it together. =)

Terry Dassow said...

Wow.

Carol Silvis said...

Great!

Carol J. Garvin said...

This is both hilariously funny and frighteningly accurate! Love it! :D

Heather Bleier said...

Still at GIF three...maybe four....

C. S. Lakin said...

You left out the most important next part--which is terrible sales, no marketing dollars behind your book, then never selling another novel again to a traidtional publisher because your career ended after a lousy four weeks on the shelves. I'd end it the right way, though--going indie and making a killing on Amazon with ebooks--which is the way of great authors these days.

Barbara Sissel said...

LOVED this, Nathan. Thank you! I haven't had such a good laugh in a looonngg time!

Gayle said...

Love it!

Anonymous said...

Inspired! Great mix of text and visual. You are inspired.

Michelle Moran said...

Ok. This may be your best post EVER. HA!

Elysanna Louzada Cypriano said...

Amazing! Love it!

Madison said...

So creative and spot on. Too funny.

Anonymous said...

I left out a few pieces: your wife leaves you for another man, critics hate your first book, and some special interest groups want to staple you to the wall.

:)

Angie Muresan said...

This is the best compilation! Ever!

Sylvia Mendoza said...

Absolutely made my day. I checked it out three times today, just for that chuckle. Perfect depiction. Go Nathan!

Cynthia said...

That was certainly fun to go through.

Creepy Query Girl said...

Yeah, I imagine that's what it's like:) Loved those GIFs! Especially the writing ones. too funny.

Maddie James said...

Priceless!

Sarah Grimm said...

LOVE this. Can't to experience every freaking detail.

BECKY said...

Adorable! Perfect! Fascinating!

Sephera said...

You've been spying on me!!!

AWESOMESAUCE!!!!

beverlywells said...

We must be all crazy to put ourselves through all this, because everybit of it's true. But again, writers are strange people, aren't we? I loved this and giggled all morning.thanks for starting my day out with such humor.

JohnO said...

Huzzah! Nicely played, sir.

Samantha said...

Amazing! So good!

JennyB said...

I L O V E this!!! OMG so fabulous. I'm still laughing. You nailed it. Completely. I'd like to keep laughing but instead I should get back to work on a painful overly obsessed query letter.

Hiliary Brennan said...

The sheer awesomenacity of this made my entire week!! Thank you for that :]

Belinda Mellor said...

Brilliant. Loved it. Found it through Scribophile - the online writing/critiquing group. Lots of people to share it with. Well done.

Unknown said...

Hilarious!
'And it's an offer! You have an offer! And you feel like...'

Natalie Aguirre said...

Very cool and so true.

Pamela Clare said...

Loved this!

Richelle said...

This inspired me to keep trying after my recent stack of "no-thank-you's" came back. I needed that nudge. Thanks!

J.R. Williams said...

Awesome!

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