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The Waiting Game

Everyone has played the always fun waiting game. From kids on Christmas Eve, twitching in their beds and thinking of the presents they will soon receive, to the grandparents sitting in their favorite chair, sipping tea, and waiting for their children and grandchildren to come over and visit, we all wait. And while we all wait, I believe there is no one who waits more and has more patience than a writer.

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I must say, I never used to be a patient person. I wanted everything done quickly and waiting for any results was torture. All of that changed when I started submitting works to publishers and agents. I soon learned that a few years (an inconceivably long amount of time in my old view) is just a drop in the bucket. Now, most people would expect a huge rant here. That’s not going to happen. In fact, I’m HAPPY waiting. Here’s why.

They say patience is a virtue and that is true. Being patient and waiting for good things to come your way, things you have no control over, is a good way to control stress. Most people freak out over the little things (and most of these things they have no control over), which leads to stress and health issues. Learning how to wait teaches you how to let go of those little things, be it the guy that cut you off in traffic, the stock that just keeps ticking down, or the friend that doesn’t want to show up on time, and let go of stress. Not only does waiting help relieve stress, it also makes the reward at the end of the tunnel that much better. For example, imagine the thing you most want in life. If you could have it tomorrow or in three years, which would you pick? Tomorrow, right? But think of it this way, that thing you want only becomes better and better the more you wait for it. Obtaining something easily, well, that’s just too easy. Without fighting for your dreams, without waiting for your dreams, the prize won’t be as cherished.

So I wait for agents and publishers and editors. And that’s fine. They are busy (and I’ve learned to keep myself busy with new work) and can’t get to everything right away. So, I’ll wait. The reward will be that much better when it comes.

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Reinventing the Writer

The title says it all. In today’s publishing world, the writer is trying to be reinvented. How you ask? Just look at this.

The publishers want writers to be this (though for the regard, I do love Iron Man, this is just an example):

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When writers are really this:

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Why? The answer isn’t simple, there are a lot of factors that have helped changed the publishing world. But, in short, because of condensing, publishing companies of all sizes cannot spend the time or resources to promote every book. And that’s not a good thing for the writer who is like that last picture. And most writers are like that. Most writers watch as the world goes by and then writes about that experience. Most writers aren’t the ones in the center of the party, calling for more beer and shouting in joy. No, most writers would be sitting in the corner, watching this all go down, thinking about how cool this or that would be in their work.

If you change the writer and make him/her into a marketing/salesperson, you changed the writing. There will be a different focus in the writing, a different way the sentences are constructed, and maybe most frightening, a different quality to the writing.

I’m not saying publishers should change what they are doing (even though I would like that), I understand they are doing what they have to. But with these changes, they will have to accept the writing will change. They will have to accept the great writers like Hemingway and Faulkner will be replaced by Snooki and Brad Pitt (and let’s face it, Snooki and Pitt are not writers and the quality of writing will show this). Because that is what they want. And if you look at books like 50 Shades of Gray, that is what they are getting.

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The Publishing Life

I thought I would so something a little different. Sometimes, it’s just nice to sit back and laugh (or cry) at some pictures. Of course, they all deal with publishing.

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A Helpful Blog

Today, I want to keep things real simple. Looking over the varying blogs, I found one to be really helpful, especially to a writer like me.

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents

The site in general is helpful, but the blog is fantastic. I highly recommend checking it out. And are you curious what other blogs I enjoy? That will be coming soon when I add in a blogroll, so stay tuned!

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Publishing Wars: Traditional vs Self

Maybe some of you have been waiting for this one. And after a long, busy week (where I may or may not have forgotten to post yet), I’m finally going to tackle the subject.

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Now, before I begin, I want to start off by saying I am not an expert and anyone who claims to be an expert (unless they have legitimate credentials and experience) is really not. There is blog after blog filled with writers rambling on about self-publishing and traditional publishing. They claim to be experts. Most aren’t. So don’t take what you read and think it the absolute truth (this just so happens to be a smart thing to do with just about everything).

Let’s look at a quick list of pros and cons.

Traditional: They have editors to look over your work, some (note some, you still have to do promotion yourself) publicity that will work with you, and probably more money upfront and maybe even more money in the end. Cons: Not easy to get into, you aren’t guaranteed success (and this is what stings so many, they believe once they get in, success is all but a sure thing), and a lengthy process.

Self: Your books can be quickly published, you control all aspects of the process, and no need to jump through hoops just to get published. Cons: you won’t have editors unless you pay, and even if you do, the quality of your novel might not be as good, most likely (let’s not look at exceptions and assume both sides would be doing the same amount of promotion) make less money, and you will be a group of thousands of others, so your book might get lost (I know, you are thinking it would be the same in traditional, but you will stand out a little if the publisher throws a little weight behind it).

The first question in everyone’s mind is probably: well, tell us already, which one is better? A complicated question that really has no right or wrong answer. Authors have done well with both ways and there is no right or wrong path to take. Personally, I prefer traditional publishing (I await a mob of angry writers who foam at the mouth about self-publishing to hunt me down) because I want my book to be at the best quality and have a better chance at standing out. But, if you want to be in control, self-publishing is the way to go. There is nothing wrong with it. Did I leave anything out?…eh probably…but we can get to those oversights (feel free to point them out) in part 2.

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Publishing and Doom and Gloom, Oh the Horror!

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How many times have you heard the publishing industry is doomed? How many times have you heard writers don’t make money…eh well…good money? It seems everywhere you turn, there is doom and gloom. Just look at this article.

http://www.salon.com/2013/03/15/hey_amazon_wheres_my_money/

What is a writer to do?!? First, I think we should all take a deep breath. How many times was the world supposed to end? I think we dodged a nuclear war or two, the Y2K robot invasion, a rapture (which may or may not have been averted by the Macho Man Randy Savage. If you don’t get that one, just check out this short video- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3kDSv-kABM), and of course the 2012 doomsday. While I eagerly await the 112th pope doom prophesy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophecy_of_the_Popes), I think we can rest assured that the earth is not coming to an end anytime soon. The same with the publishing industry. Don’t believe me? Ok, take a look at this.

http://blog.karenwoodward.org/2013/03/joe-konrath-says-kdp-select-made-him.html?spref=tw&buffer_share=af779&utm_source=buffer

Ah! So writers do make money! And, while 50 Shades of Gray is a travesty and I loathe every inch of the thing (bad writing and plots, much like Twilight, does that to me), it does prove that books can sell and the publishing industry is doing just fine. I know you are wondering about self publishing versus traditional. I won’t get into that at this time (hint, I still like the traditional publishing method). But for right now, we can relax knowing the publishing industry will survive…at least until that pope prophesy comes true…

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