So, to begin with, my apologies for not posting for a while. I’ve been working solely of the first edit of my book, which (unsurprisingly) required a lot of work. But it’s finally back in the editor’s hands now, looking a lot more lean and muscular than before.
Hence, I now have time to connect with all my followers in the blogosphere (hi, you two).
And, in true-to-form fashion, I’m going to start with a rant… well, a little moan, at least.
While I may not have been writing my own blog posts recently, I have been reading a few. And in the time it’s taken to edit my book, I’ve began to question whether this is even a worthwhile experience due to a host of negative articles on why certain forms of publishing are worse than others. Ironic, eh?
What I hear about the trad-publishing industry is that authors get treated like dirt; they are dumped at the first sign of bad sales; they fight to make themselves heard within these lumbering companies; their books are torn apart by vindictive editors with nothing better to do than alter stories to fit their own inflated egos. Oh, and apparently you earn a pittance for your work.
On the flip-side, I’m led to believe that many people don’t want to read self-published books; that if you do self-publish, you need to quit your job in order to spend 23 hours a day blogging, tweeting, commenting, reviewing, posting, blogging, connecting, tweeting, emailing, newslettering and any other ‘ing’ you can think of that’s required to get your book even noticed – let alone sold. I also hear that even with all the great self-published novels out there, self-publishing still has a smelly stigma having over it.
Odd then, that as my novel approaches the publishing stage, I’m feeling a little down on the whole process.
It’s my own fault, I suppose, for reading the wrong kind of articles, but I’m a sucker for headlines such as, “10 things those sneaky publishing houses don’t want you to know,” or “Why 1 in 5 self-published authors end up in the nut-house.”
All in all, it’s made writing seem like a pretty rubbish choice.
I will admit, however, that the self-publishing lobby certainly seem to be a more upbeat bunch. Far more positives are spoken about this process than its traditional counterpart. I’m guessing (cynically) that this is because they’re all over the social networks more than the trad-published authors are, because they have to be. It’s what self-published authors do.
I suppose this is all academic anyway. I know my initial route is going to be an attempt at trad-publishing, followed by an imposed self-publishing endeavour on the happy day that I receive my 100th rejection letter.
And yes, I am aware that I’m complaining about negativity while writing a negative blog post, but that’s how this war of attrition between the two approaches to publishing has made me feel.
I promise my next post will be more positive.
Thanks for reading.