Dancing Skeletons Writing

Minnesota Nice

October 19, 2012
Minnesota Nice by Jennifer Brown, Minnesota Nice independent best selling book by Jennifer Brown, best sellers by bloggers, bloggers with best sellers

After at least 15 bazillion titles I have finally settled on Minnesota Nice as the title of my memoir. According to Wikipedia Minnesota Nice is:

the stereotypical behavior of people born and raised in Minnesota, to be courteous, reserved, and mild-mannered. The cultural characteristics of Minnesota nice include a polite friendliness, an aversion to confrontation, a tendency toward understatement, a disinclination to make a fuss or stand out, emotional restraint, and self-deprecation. It can also refer to traffic behavior, such as slowing down to allow another driver to enter a lane in front of the other person. Critics have pointed out negative qualities, such as passive aggressiveness and resistance to change.

Although the term is generally considered to be Americentric in nature, some traits typical of this stereotype are also generally applied to neighboring Canadians.

I’ve been told they are going to change the title. They being the publishers that will eventually publish my book.

Originally I was going to self publish, and I’m still leaning that way. I like having the control over the title, cover, and most importantly the money. On the other hand having my book published traditionally puts it in front of people it might never have been. I have a large reach. I’ve been blogging forever in internet years and know how to get the word out. But, I know that a traditional publisher, and their marketing department, can do so much more than I could on my own.

Still, I like having the control.

So here’s where things stand. The manuscript is currently in the hands of one publisher and five agents.

Which means I wait.

In the mean time I’ve set up a Facebook page for the book and would love it if you could like it. I will be posting the publishing experience over there as well as adding resources for other people who are writing their book.

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  • Reply meleahrebeccah October 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I am sofa king thrilled for you! Good luck! And I hope all five agents end up fighting over who gets your book!

    PS: When and IF I ever finish my own novel, I am also going the traditional route as opposed to self-publishing.

    • Reply redheadranting October 19, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      I’m sofa king thrilled too. I’ve missed everyone for too long. I’m still not sure which route I’m going to go, they both have pros and cons but it’s nice to have options.

  • Reply Jayne October 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I love the title. Good luck, girlfriend. I’m mighty proud of you. Off to like your FB page now. 🙂

  • Reply Boom Boom Larew October 20, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    I hope you get to keep the title and the artwork! Both are just perfect!

  • Reply susan j elliott October 24, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Love the cover. It’s truly eye-catching and looks like a fun read.

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