As an editor and book blogger, I spend all my time talking to authors. One thing that’s shocked me recently is the number of conversations I’ve had about the dark side of the publishing world.
Not just the stuff in the public eye, but what goes on for the authors on a personal level.
The world has a certain idea of what an author’s life is like and as such, authors feel the need to keep up a pretence to the public.
It’s with this in mind that I’ve started this feature to give authors a safe place to talk about the things that go on behind the scenes.
The good, the bad, and the ugly.
I want to show people that they aren’t alone, that all the fears and hates and things that terrify them about this world do the same to others, we just don’t talk about it properly.
These posts will be anonymous.
If you want to rant … follow this link.
Now it’s over to ranter #2 …
Author, tell us a little about your publishing journey so far …
Since November 2016, I’ve had three books published, co-wrote a novella, wrote a short story in a free collection, and wrote a novella for another collection that is actually making money. Currently, I’m working with another author in a new genre and committed to writing four novellas by September.
Now rant …
I’ve always said that writing the book is the easiest part.
Self-editing is hard.
But the hardest part of writing, is receiving a book with so much red ink that it looks like a Valentine’s Day card.
Edits can destroy anyone’s confidence.
Nevertheless, after fixing all the issues the editor found the book is returned for round two.
Once the editor, proofreader, and all the beta readers provide so many critiques that I want to play Froggy on a ten lane interstate, I spend countless hours and days, weeks, and sometimes months, fixing everything until my book is perfect and it is published, finally.
And that’s the point that the reviews make you feel as though you’re on the tallest roller coaster: The one that will have your heart pumping with anticipation and happiness until you reach the pinnacle of the ride (our four and five reviews with words that can drive us to tears) and suddenly dumps you into the deepest trenches of despair (our two and one star reviews that can drive us to drink, while we wail in agony).
For self-published authors, that is only the beginning.
We’ve chosen to also take on the role of entrepreneurs and we must:
- calculate ROIs for endless ads and promos so we don’t lose our homes
- network with other authors (sometimes forming true friendships along the way or losing others) even when we would rather write another book
- learn more about SEO than we ever thought we needed
- perfect the descriptions and blurbs for our books
- discover the Amazon algorithms until they change it again, and again, and again.
Ultimately, we must also understand that everything we accomplished will need to be repeated every single day just to reach our target readers…that is if we’ve figured out who and where they are.
But despite the constant work, I wouldn’t have it any other way because producing better books, polishing my stories until my readers are crying, laughing, and wanting to live in my fictitious world, all means that my words will fill another person’s soul with the desires. heartaches, joys, heart wrenching decisions, and the lives of my characters.
Unfortunately, most authors don’t make enough money to write full-time.
But I hope that all this hard-work will lead to a full-time income because my soul demands that I continue writing so the world can read about my characters’ lives.
Thank you so much for sharing and venting.
I agree, lots of authors from both self and traditionally published backgrounds have no idea when they start out the amount of work needed that doesn’t involve writing.
Typing The End isn’t actually the end – there’s so much more still to be done, and if you’re an indie author, there’s even more to think about.
Huge thanks again for sharing, Anonymous Author.
Readers, do let me know your thoughts on these issues.
I hope the rant helped x