Category «Adventures in Self-Publishing»

Collapse of the Publishing Empire

It starts like this. You’ve worked 6 years on your manuscript because you CARE insanely, illogically, deeply about telling this story. Every author you’ve ever admired glares (symbolically, psychically) over your shoulder, checking to see if you’ve really got the goods. Okay. You sweat. But this manuscript gets you a new agent, a man you …

CreateSpace

The minute I introduce myself to their site, I get a phone call & an email from a warm cheery sales rep, Nicole, who actually asks me what my novel is about. She suggests I speak with an Accounts Manager and immediately set up a phone appointment with this person for the next day. The …

Pleasure Before Pain

Let me recommend you enjoy the giddy moments before you actually try to submit your book. Because unless you are technically evolved, or under sixteen, you might find that transforming your word document to pdf files is an intricate, highly evolved, exacerbating, mind-blowing process. And no one at CreateSpace can now offer you any support …

Fact: Self-Publishing (if you are on the cutting edge called Independent Publishing) is different for women than men

At this moment, in this summer of 2010, if I Google “self-publishing” one male writer’s self-publishing adventure pops up an inordinate amount of times. To preserve myself from charges of slander, he shall be referred to as Sun King/Southern Nut. I was on a fiction reading panel with him once at Chicago’s Printers Row Festival. …

A Miracle, A Generous Writer

A miracle occurs. Trust in miracles. Thomas Wolfe wrote, in Look Homeward Angel: “And who can say, whatever disenchantment follows, that we can ever forget magic, or that we can ever betray, on this leaden earth, the apple tree, the singing or the gold.” Sometimes the miracle is a living person. A talented writer, Mark …

Borders Hates Self-Published Authors

Wrong! They are not happy, not at all. The General Manager reports that Borders has been “burned” by independently published authors. These authors ask Borders to order multiple copies or their book that don’t sell and then can’t be returned. These authors refuse to remove or pay for this unwanted inventory, at a huge cost …

Independent bookstores

In I Am Legend one woman and her child (besides Will Smith), have survived as humans (to his knowledge). They seek a small remaining colony of people. They are like independent bookstores whose numbers have been decimated by 75% or mote. Struggling, if heroic, stores like “Women & Children First,” in Chicago, “The Strand” in …