Morning again? Didn’t we just leave this party? It feels like the craziest, most hectic of weeks for me. I suppose because I have a confluence of events coming together. There’s the birthday of a friend’s relative, and I’m somewhat involved in her gift to him; there’s the weekly podcast; there’s all the stuff I have to do to get onboard with a new job; there are some things due at work; there’s my Amazon store doing well the last month or so; and my writing career. Oh, and my birthday this weekend with a three-day weekend which is accelerating some work projects. Madness, I tell you, madness.
So I’ve mentioned the book that I’m reading, Write Good or Die. I found a particularly apt section last night that I want to share with you today, regarding self-publishing. This is from an article written by Robert Kroese, whose novel Mercury Falls has been a particular success within the Kindle self-publishing community (by the way, he has also written a guide to self-publishing that is on my Amazon wishlist). What I’m saying is, check his stuff out!
Okay, this first one is not about self-publishing, but is a damned important point that I try to keep in mind every time I write:
And now on to some really good stuff….
I like this definition of “published” a lot. I think that it’s high time we re-evaluate what the term even means, and whether the old definition was truly even useful in the first place or an artificial construction designed to weed people out. He makes a great point about the sale of the first Harry Potter series and how the publishers who passed on it raise some suspicion about the entire publishing process in general, and it’s hard to argue with it. Hell, I’ve thought the same thing not just about the publishing industry but music and movies as well – the vetting process that businesses use aren’t geared toward true quality and show a fundamental misunderstanding of what makes for compelling reading/listening/viewing. I’m starting to realize some of the layers of red tape keep that stuff obscured.
I thought this was an especially interesting point of view, and I may have been guilty of being that unpublished author who thought in a similar vein.
Anyway, I don’t want to give away the keys to the story – definitely pick up the book, it’s well worth a read. Hell, it’s free, so what are you waiting for? Go there now.
I posted this because this plus another entry on success have made me realize that I really need to evaluate my own personal definition of success with my writing. It’s something I will write more about in the near-future.