Kristen Lamb’s Blog
Real Writers Don’t Self-Publish—Part 2
Kristen Lamb, a writer and writer coach has the second of two pieces on whether real writers self-publish
“All righty, so last time in Real Writers Don’t Self-Publish we talked about a lot of myths that surround publishing in general and I promised to delve deeper into this subject. I hope, at the very least, y’all walked away with one core understanding about traditional publishing.
Traditional publishing measures one thing and one thing only…commercial viability.
Granted, this often means the author is professional and the writing is outstanding…but that’s isn’t always the case. Some works are published for the sole reason that they will sell a certain amount of copies (refer to Snookie’s memoir). Additionally some of the greatest works of our time are not coming to market (initially) through legacy presses (refer to The Martian).
But here’s the deal. While we certainly don’t have to be leggy-pressed to be “real” writers, self-publishing is no panacea.
The hard truth is there is a lot of junk being published. There are too many people who are so in love with the idea of calling themselves “published authors” that they take shortcuts, and I feel this is likely what irritates many professionals (especially since what this group lacks in skill and talent they tend to more than make up for in mass marketing)”
Here’s Kristen’ s piece and my comment.
MANY WAYS TO PUBLISH BOOKS
There seem to be almost as many ways to promote a book as there are bad books!
We writers are all observing, testing, trying to break through to a readership that is attuned to the genres we write in. It isn’t easy.
Nobody says an artist isn’t a real painter when her works aren’t in the National Gallery.
Painters, like so many writers, are often not appreciated until after they are dead!
Cold comfort, I know, but writers will write anyway.
Best to write and keep learning about the promotion and marketing as we go.
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