Saturday, August 27, 2011
Blog Chain - It Ain't all Doom and Gloom
This chain is brought to us by Sandra who asks:
Have the recent changes in the publishing industry affected your writing plans/career? If so, how?
Way to start small ;)
I touched on this some a little bit ago, but I wasn't particularly coherent. I don't think I'd ever make it as a journalist because it takes me so long to formulate my thoughts. I have to pare off the emotion, and organize my argument. Luckily, I've had some time to think about my future.
I don't think the changes in the industry are responsible for altering my plans, I think reality is. When I first got an agent, I thought it would be all gold bars and dollar bills. The reality has been shocking. Selling a book isn't the key to instant success.
Certainly e-books and Amazon have changed the playing field, but my main goal was and is to get my books out there. My secondary goal is to get paid to do it. I still think that traditional publishing is the best way to achieve my goals. I'm intrigued by some current trends (such as writers withholding e-book rights the same way they withhold foreign rights) and would also like to try self-publishing something under a pen name to test the waters.
But traditional publishing, in my opinion, is still the best way for me to be my best. I'm a terrible self-editor. I'm too in love with my own vision for my book to see its flaws well. I love revising, but I need great people during the process to point things out that I miss. Recently, I was revising a book and a wonderful friend who agreed to edit it for me pointed out such a huge flaw in one of my characters. It was so simple and fixing it altered the book in a profoundly amazing way. I'd gone through a dozen drafts in 13 months and never caught it. Frequently in self-publishing, unless the author has access to a freelance editor that they trust, their work will be as good as it could have been.
So the short answer is no. I still plan to write books I love and try to get them published. Because that's what I'm here for.
Enough about me. If you haven't read Margie's answer, go find out how all the changes have affected her plans (and hope she doesn't get blown away by Irene!) and then tomorrow head over to new member Jon Arnston's blog to get his take. Until next time!