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TOP TEN: Publishing paradoxes and problems

1. We discount one-star reviews because of their typically venomous, dismissive hatred yet we read every one.

2. We strive to get on big media to help sell, but not much media is big anymore and it won’t move the sales needle anyway.

3. We hope to be picked up by old traditional media, but we’d connect with our audiences better and get more time, for free, going after podcasts.

4. We’re putting ourselves out there, daring to dream big, but get discouraged by people who do neither of those things.

5. We get jealous of the success of other authors when we should learn, emulate and be inspired.

6. We say “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but that’s what covers are for.

7. We spend time thinking about being a writer instead of writing.

8. We all hope to catch fire with our first book, but if success came today, many of us would be unprepared for it and wouldn’t have anything else to sell.

9. We spend months or years on our manuscripts, but many of us aren’t taking a few minutes to make sure our hard work is safely backed up (in two different ways.)

10. We call it self-publishing, but it’s a team effort and the author who truly tries to go it alone is a fool or a monster.

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10 Responses

  1. I understand all of this except the last point: I accept a self-published author who goes alone is a fool, but a monster?

    • Chazz says:

      I know a self-publisher whose act of publishing is a narcissistic act of aggression. They’re angry people and they go solo, perhaps in part by choice but I’m sure no one would want to work with them (at least never more than once.) In every sector of society there are psychopaths, even in our happy, mostly monster-free niche.

      • Ah, I see, yes that makes sense. It’s a touchy area because I self-publish largely solo, due to limited finances more than anything, and I wouldn’t want to be thought a monster (I can cope with being a fool!)

  2. Phil Taylor says:

    #7 is my pet peeve. Since I’ve published a couple books everyone and there brother tells me they’re a writer too or they’ve got a story idea. I say to them, “If you’re a writer, write!”
    #8 is the best truth I’ve read in a long time.
    #10 is what most writers don’t know when they publish their first novel. Hopefully most will learn.

    Good column as always.

  3. Phil Taylor says:

    Yes, I saw my there/they’re typo above but couldn’t go back to correct it after I hit send.

  4. guyportman says:

    Good points. There are few things I like reading more than one star reviews on Amazon. I like your front covers, the fonts look great.

  5. #11 – spending time reading blogs instead of writing 🙂 just kidding, although I do find myself spending too much time poking around on the Internet on days I don’t feel like writing – sometimes you have to push yourself to keep at it, even when you don’t feel like it. Great post.

    • claudenougat says:

      I agree with Renee, we waste too much time roaming around on the Net – but it’s worth it when one gets to a great post like yours, thanks!

  6. “We say “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but that’s what covers are for.” Perfect phrasing. I love this post!

  7. donovanmneal says:

    Reblogged this on Donovan and the act of musing and commented:
    Excellent Post! So true!

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