Category «Adventures in Self-Publishing»

CreateSpace’s stance on Bookstores

Right now, the mostly lovely people on my accounts management team do not understand my frustration at being unable to penetrate bookstores. “CreateSpace’s position is that we encourage you to think beyond the bookstore. Brick and mortar stores have limited shelf space. And as a self-published author you do not have any guarantees. Only one …

An Argument Against Self-Publishing: the Authors Guild Bulletin, Spring 2010)

Meanwhile writers cluster together to henpeck any changes in publishing.  My instinct is to blame the slothful permissions people, the terrified publishers, the gated bookstores, but writers are turning stingier, instant by instant, scrabbling over loose straws.   The inarguable fact is: the music, TV, radio and film industries have completely revolutionized in the last decade.  …

How To Degrade Any Writer

Publishers and authors know how many writers suffer deep-seated fears and insecurity in regards to their work. I, like many others before me, invent a place peopled with characters I must grow to trust more than life itself as I write. Steering them on the crazy ship of imagination. But for all humans, much of …

CreateSpace

Guess what? I’m in love. With CreateSpace. I can’t swear to this but I think the CreateSpace big-wigs studied the Apple store model. Have you ever noticed how many people crowd each and every Apple store? It’s like a festival in there. But what is the big turn-on? Incredible staff support. Personalized staff support. When …

Favorite Create Space Feature

CreateSpace has a menu bar with the link: Contact Support. Hit it and you get: Request for Member Support. Then this text: Talk to us! We’ll call you.  Right now.  Really. Below which is a button: Call me. You type in your phone number and they call you right away. Because I have lived a …

Other Opinions on Self-publishing:

David Carnoy’s article: Self-Publishing a book – 25 things you need to know & a recent article in Newsweek titled: Self-Publishing: Who Needs a Publisher Anymore? It reports: “According to a recent Bowker report, the market for ‘nontraditional books’ in the United States grew by more than 750,000 in 2009 – a 181 increase over …

Back to Permissions

Were I asked, I would tell any aspiring writer: “Never use song lyrics in your fiction.”   This is a real pity as it means populating literature with characters who will never listen to, nor replay in their minds, the riffs of jazz, the heart-break of  ballads or hard hits of heavy metal.  Symphonies might do, …