“You can’t expect to become a good lover if you only have sex vis yourself, dear.”
And some might say a similar analogy could be drawn with writing and self-publishing.
If you don’t have a ‘proper’ publisher your writing isn’t worthy of being in print.
It was certainly something I used to think was probably true: of both examples. But while I would wholeheartedly agree with Frau Gottlaid I’m not so sure these days about self-publishing.
Does the flood of amateurs using digital cameras diminish photography?
Personally I don’t think so. I believe it has unleashed a creative flood. A quick romp around blogville will reveal an abundance of breathtaking photographs which means somebody is behind them. And most, from what I can gather, are amateurs. Not all are Lichfield or Bailly but there are some damn good photographers out there, make no mistake.
“Writing a novel without being asked seems a bit like having a baby when you have nowhere to live.”
Maybe not any more, Lucy.
Digital publishing has allowed the means for writers to publish and offer their work for sale in a market that has traditionally been, well, a closed book.
Sure, not everything that goes digital is going to be a Hemingway, or Dickens. But there might just be one such talented writer out there who, having been kicked in the metaphorical teeth just one time too many by agents and publishers and is about to throw in the towel, is handed a lifeline in the form of digital self-publishing.
The only issue that remains constant, whether one publishes traditional or digital is marketing.
And what is good marketing?
This is the grey area. All fifty shades of it. And no matter how good the story is, (or bad) if it isn’t punted noone is going to read it.
”Publishers have been having hard time of late. They are desperate to find authors who can break through the barrier of inertia that surrounds the book trade but they are more worried than ever about risking their money on unknowns. ”
This sounds so familiar. But this quote makes me smile broadly and I try to take the whole thing with a pinch of salt.
Why? Because Turner wrote this in 1987.
So, while I recently let out a huge sigh of relief after overhauling several of my books that I intend to self-publish I got a heads-up from a publisher that another of my books is now under serious consideration for publication. Guess who’s smiling?
Funny old world, isn’t it?