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Just Nod If You Can Hear Me...

Posted by anne , 12 June 2012 · 417 views

Just Nod If You Can Hear Me... Strange, this blogging thing; I feel like I'm writing to myself, which I guess is fine. Besides, I'm slacking already with the blogging, realizing other things take precedence (sp?). Honestly, I'm quite busy with republishing my ebook (don't ask); Ok, well, I found a few errors that could not be dismissed. Awful. I can't describe the horror. I know. I know. You don't EVER publish until it's PERFECT. But, I thought it was perfect. Yes, this is the downside of self-publishing. You edit and edit and edit and have someone else edit and still there is that one missing letter or comma or extra word. It's the tweaking. The more you return to a work and tweak it, the greater the chance for error. Admittedly, I'm a tweaker and a sloppy first draft kind of person. Maybe it's an undiagnosed ADD problem, but I always, and I mean always, make mistakes first and second and even third draft. I don’t think I’m that uncommon.

I think an AQC member (Caterina?) put a status up regarding self-publishers (such as myself) and commented on how the traditional author is more "revered" and I can see that. And I agree that there is some bias. But as the market becomes saturated, the self-pubbing is a great alternative for the serious writer (and I emphasize serious; there is the difficulty in securing an agent; the time issue; the desire to get your writing out there and read etc. And, let's face it, today it's feasible and affordable. Often times, I see authors with a following (based on a series of books) and getting offers, or becoming top sellers in their category. I'm excited for them, for this new innovative way of taking the bull by the horns and getting the job done. I avoid the negative. I'm up on the digital era.

IMO, if you are a writer, you will continue writing regardless of what happens to the final work. It is all a process. I do think you need to have multiple projects. Putting all your eggs into one basket (especially with self-publishing) is not a good idea. When you know it's right, and you've found the right niche, and you've got other projects in the works, and it's taking too long to find an agent, self-pub is the quickest and best way to go. As for the blogging, it's just another opportunity to write, so I'm all for it.

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