And now for the news!
Some highlights from this month in the world of self-publishing!
This week, author and entrepreneur Trish Tonaj writes out of her own experience, narrating the story of how she came to build her career in the way that she has. Writes Tonaj,
I think back to a time when the only way you would find your name in the hallowed halls of a library or bookstore was to become “published.” Find a literary agent who would represent your work to a publisher who would “sign you on” and only if they felt you were marketable and had the credentials.
In today’s business climate, you have the ability to become self-published…a journey into the world of words where you may share your sense of adventure and market yourself!
I have had the pleasure of pursuing both options; self-publishing and being represented by a publisher. To anyone in the biz, you are then able to use the phrase “published author” which confirms the time when someone has taken the leap of faith to “sign you on.” I have heard it described as having “bonafides” – establishing yourself as a trusted author. I am not sure if it makes a difference, but, there is something to be said for seeing your name on a bookstore shelf.
Tonaj goes on to suggest several ways of improving your writing and publishing experience, particularly in collaboration with others. Well worth a read!
Publishers Weekly has a long history of supporting indie and self-publishing authors, if only quietly or subtly (depending on the contributor), but this week the publication comes firmly out in defense of those who choose that route, even providing multiple useful tips for making a success out of one’s self-publishing experience and avoiding the pitfalls of falling foul of scams. For better or worse, as many are already aware, the word “scam” has long been (too) closely associated with “self-publishing,” with some detractors even going so far as to assume that every self-publishing company is a scam. This is manifestly not true, and a downright unfair association when one considers how little most traditionally-published midlist authors actually make, and how much support they receive, despite their “traditional” experience. That said, Alex Palmer of PW provides some useful suggestions in steering clear of bad experiences: know who you’re dealing with, spot the danger signs, and use discretion as you would with all other major life decisions. Another worthwhile article!
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