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 unless the author wants their identity sharing.
*The thoughts of the anonymous author do not reflect the thoughts of Creating Perfection*
If you want to rant … follow this link.
Now it’s over to ranter #4 …
Author, tell us a little about your publishing journey so far …
I tried to go down the Trad Pub route but it’s so slow and cumbersome that I gave up. Too many people who can’t be bothered to answer emails, too many agents who only rep their own preferences. “I can’t rep that genre” they say and then seek out a clone of whatever is currently selling, producing increasingly diluted literature.
So I self-pub.
I’m on course to earn around £26K this year from my books and I’m about to dip my toe into audible too. I think that’s pretty good going and more than many trad-pub authors make. I hope to nearly double that in 2020.
Now rant …
The elitism of the band of trad pubbed/agents/publishers and the lackeys that buy into it wholesale (bloggers/ Literature Works/ etc and so forth) is what winds me up the most.
There are some bloggers that won’t look twice at self-pubbed for example. In Book Connectors, they routinely ignore self-pubbed writers and fawn over anyone with a trad contract. Fine. I won’t read your blogs.
My experience with Literature Works has been prejudiced against self pub in the extreme. The hoops you have to jump through! Have a short book of poetry picked up by some local publisher? Great, you’re in. It doesn’t matter that no one will read it. Published by a small publisher 8 years ago and still working on Book 2? Fab! We want you in our ‘writer’s academy’. Self publish 1000+ e-books, make it to the top of an Amazon chart but you’re self-pubbed? Sorry, you’ve still got to meet their extra standards (what these are is never quite transparent – it’s decided in a shady meeting you’re not part of and you can’t appeal). They want to ‘develop’ you, they define you as somehow lesser. And they won’t read or include your books, because Literature only Works when it has firstly passed through the hands of an agent, generally an Oxbridge English graduate in a London office. The kind where they post Instagram photos of sandwiches that cost a tenner and bottles of water with creative names posed next to the ubiquitous slush pile.
I can’t quite believe how rude people who have NEVER read my work can be.
This assumption that self-pub must be rubbish is so twentieth century! I retain an editor. I pay my editor monthly. I pay a proofreader. I pay good money for creative on-genre covers (not a girl in a red coat running away from the photographer thriller cover that most trad pub seem to like). I have an ARC team. I do my own marketing. I’m creative, passionate, and driven. I’m producing more that 80,000 words per year. My fans don’t wait 12 months for my next novel I work incredibly hard seven days a week. Damn hard! My stuff is good, and YOU can’t tell me otherwise.
I’m selling books.
I’ve had a bestseller tag.
What about you?
Huge thanks again for sharing, Anonymous Author.
I should say here that my experience, and that of MANY others of the Facebook group Book Connectors is wonderful. It is full of great people who share and help and offer advice. I have only know one blogger out of the hundreds I interact with who will only read traditionally published books. Perhaps your approach may need some attention?
There’s a post here which may help you find bloggers: Book Bloggers and How to Approach Them
Readers, do let me know your thoughts on these issues.
I hope the rant helped x