If you are like most right-brained, highly creative people, you are much more interested in the look and feel of your book and its message than you are in the rules of grammar, details of print and digital formatting, or technical specifications for clear, crisp images on the page. In days gone by, publishing houses took care of all these details and even went out of their way to provide their most popular and finicky authors with stipends and secluded retreats to nurture their creative sensibilities. Writers wrote, and the publishers took care of the rest.
As writers, we occasionally find ourselves stuck in our writing. I don’t mean for a morning or a weekend. I mean stuck, stuck. We may go for months without getting back to our book, or writing a blog post, or putting out a newsletter. We may ask ourselves what’s wrong with us, where has our creativity gone? Or we may simply shrug it off as being too busy with other parts of life. Continue reading
When we think about publishing our written work, I believe for most of us, our thoughts still turn first to the old-school vision of mainstream publishing. After all, it’s been around all of our lives. But with the advent of print-on-demand publishers, on-line book selling, and the current proliferation of e-book marketing, mainstream publishing may not be an author’s best option anymore.
Just as writing is about expressing your own truth, I believe publishing is now about finding the best way to bring your writing into the world so it is visible to those who may be interested. To me, this means aligning your mode of publication with your intended audience, the purpose of your written work, and your own creative style. Continue reading
It’s funny, how our books are like children to us. So often, writing a book is likened to the process of giving birth (a highly romanticized notion of birthing, too, if you ask me…) and publishing is like sending our innocent youth out into the world to make or break themselves. Author John Locke sees each of his novels as “employees,” earning as much revenue as they can, but then he’s a salesman by career, perhaps bringing his children into the family business?
Mine are more like teenagers, alternately shy and recalcitrant, idealistic, and entirely independent of anything I might want to do with them. Continue reading
I love teaching workshops because I always learn something new. My recent New Publishing Options class in Seattle was no exception. As I spoke about the shift from printed books to e-books and blog books, one of the participants piped up with yet another technological twist to publishing – the Japanese cell phone novel. Continue reading
The answer to this question is becoming more and more complex. These days, it seems as if it is less a question of “how do I bake this casserole?” than one of “what should I make for dinner?” Continue reading