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.
*The thoughts of the author are not necessarily the thoughts of Creating Perfection*
Now it’s over to ranter #6 …
Author, tell us a little about your publishing journey so far …
I started off self-publishing and then decided I needed some help to expand my readership, so submitted a book to a UK publisher, who liked it enough to offer me a deal. I’m now getting ready to publish my 7th book with the same publisher.
Now rant …
I’ve always wanted to write, but because of personal issues had to wait a LONG time! Now I’m doing it, I’m happiest during the first draft, and grumpiest after reading the same book back through, what seems like 100 times!
The book community, on the whole, seems to be supportive, but I’ve noticed an undertone where a small number of other authors seem to deem my path as inferior to theirs. I’ve not done things how they have, so I’m not spoken to by them any longer.
This seems immature to me, but I’m happy with where I am, so I’m going to concentrate on my writing and let them get on with theirs.
Also, I want to rant happy about book bloggers.
They are all fantastically supportive and great to work with. When I self-published I managed to make contact, and then build some great working relationships with them, that continue today.
If authors want to work with bloggers, they REALLY need to do their research and check that a blogger will want to read the genre! I spent a long time looking through bloggers sites and sending e-mails, and I’m so glad I did because I don’t think I’d have the audience I do without book bloggers.
Huge thanks for sharing, Anonymous Author.
Readers, do let me know your thoughts on these issues.
I hope the rant helped x
Authors, if you’re not sure where to start when it comes to reaching out to bloggers, read this article I wrote about how to Approach Book Bloggers.
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