May 13, 2011

For the Aspiring Author

I just ran across this article (thanks, Twitter!) and I know several of you out there are also writing or wanting to write a book. Here's something to throw in your knowledge bank and consider. I had a professor in college - the only one who made a living as a writer - who gave an almost identical speech one night in class. So, to see the same topic addresses again really stuck out to me.

Begun, the publishing war has…

Who can resist quoting Yoda?

OK, back to a more serious note. When Dean Wesley Smith commented a couple of months ago that he saw a war in publishing on the way, and sides already forming up, I really wasn’t sure. I mean, I saw folks who didn’t want to believe things were changing as fast as they were. And I saw a lot of folks still stuck in the “Writer’s Digest” myths. But I sorta thought that people would gradually catch on, and writers would settle into a new world of putting their own stuff up as ebooks and print on demand books, and then selling some books to big publishers as a loss leader to get their marketing dollars behind a writer’s name. My gut said that writers, being generally smart people, would do the smart thing.

Oh, was I ever wrong.

I’m convinced, now. Dean was right, is right.

A large chunk of writers are simply not happy with the changes taking place. They don’t want to have to be responsible for their businesses. They want to basically be employees – write a book, get paid. Unfortunately, it’s never really worked like that (despite myths to the contrary), and is less like that today than it’s been in decades. But there’s a big chunk of writers who don’t want those changes. They want their agents taking care of the business stuff. They want the publisher marketing the book. They want to sit back, write, and not have to worry about anything else.

That mindset is doomed.

Read the rest here.


  1. Interesting article, thanks for the link.

    I've been looking into the whole publishing thing and I've all but decided that going with a traditional publisher makes no sense. I've been looking at the contracts specifically and I've discovered that they offer you nothing that you won't be doing on your own, and they will make you pay for the privilege of letting you work for them.

    So I'm plotting alternative routes right now.

  2. I have something for you on my blog. I hope you come on over and check it out. :)

  3. My husband's aunt is an editor for Tate Publishing (an Oklahoma based company) they make the author pay up front for the book publishing and do minimal marketing- I don't know how they make any money, but they turn away several authors per year.


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