So you’re probably wondering why I posted a video of Dethklok song “Blood money/Crush the Industry” on a writing blog. Well this is my monthly “Fuck the Writing industry” post LOL! Seriously, the industry itself is in such a state of flux still and will be for another two years until a number of things occur. I’ll outline those momentarily.
What this has to do with MY career is the real issue on THIS blog.
Because of the shakeup from the e-book revolution, many authors are left thinking, which is the problem since they SHOULD be writing. We have great stories to tell and we need to put in the hard work for our stories to shine. In my last post about editing I discussed the need for authors to really work, make their stories something unbelievably good. The other need for authors to keep in mind is that this is a business. Granted if you’re able to write full time (or even part time) it’s a business of love, but it’s still a business.
Fostering this belief I teach classes for writers to help them with their technique or a specific skill can be learned and they can grow their author platform. In my world, this means I have to develop the workshops deeper and go further. For business sense and author platform (which this site is a part of) go talk to my publicist.
One of the things she and I discussed was the need to blog weekly, which I’ll cover in an editing blog soon. I needed to talk about writing, the process, what the breakdown is for me, how I write. The problem is, I don’t ever get writer’s block. I never have plot issues. I don’t have character development issues. Why?
I plot very methodically and with a sound goal in mind. To write a well written novel that sells due to appeal to my audience while expanding it slowly. What does this mean? You might think it means I”m cramped in style and storyline but I’m not. New material takes time to plot and come up with world building and character creation but from the very beginning of a story I know how things will go. I’m a little anal in that area and it allows me to come up with stories on deadline, on spec if needbe and NOT have to deal with dreaded writer’s block. IF I can’t write for a day, it’s because I’m mentally drained.
Back to the industry issues.
First, there is a FLOOD of misinformation around. Pay attention to who is saying what. I’ve heard from people who no longer have literary agents that literary agents aren’t taking first time authors because they can’t sell. Except that by the definition of “first time author” in print, Marisa shouldn’t be able to sell Covenant of Wolves series to NY or her contacts. Go with a successful results based opinion of the industry and you’ll do better.
Second, E-books are here to stay. Print is relevant still to an author’s career but money is money. It comes from all sources. Deal with it.
Next up, I heard a rumor that Chick Lit is being forced out in the open again because the industry can’t recognize its head from it’s ass. NY is slowly moving in a direction it needs to go to, but it’s going to take time. E-publishing however, is still making a LOT of authors a LOT of money. Look back to my interview with Treva Harte of Loose-ID on Radio Dentana
Lastly, the amount of new e-publishers cropping up needs to stop. I went on record for supporting Decadent Publishing during whatever lame ass debacle they were involved in because I know the owners. I still have a policy of give the publsher 5 years, if they’re still around then submit to them. Do NOT settle for less. That means you have to work if you want into a bigger better paying (read, larger buying audience) publisher. This is in NO way a slam on the crop of newer publishers, its meant to make YOU the writer think hard about your career. Being a best seller at Noble Romance is great, but means shit compared to a best seller at Samhain.
So yes, I’m pissed at the Industry. Oh well, what else is new?