Sunday, July 10, 2011
When It's You vs. the Naysayers
But folks here are the facts.
1. The last few times I've been to my favorite bookstore to work and have a coffee and a bagel the place has been DEAD. The most recent being yesterday on a Saturday for a few hours with my dad. Sure it was nice being able to grab a table easily. But at what cost in the long view?
2. The e-reader is here to stay and the revolution is on. Print may not be dead but there's less room for people like me. A newbie looking for her first print contract. Established writers with a strong sales record will scoop up that precious shelf space. Not that I couldn't continue looking for it. But I have to ask myself, what makes the most sense for a writer like me.
3. Should I go indie and just what does that entail for me?
In this case that's where the backlash and fear of the naysayers come in. I always wanted to be a contracted writer. I've made that dream come true with a little help from MuseItUp :). But now I want something different. I want to be indie. I think I have that attitude, if I'm doing a lot of work then I want more control.Now as for a publishing house Muse is great. Lea is wonderful and the percentage of royalty I get is fair. But it's that little c word that drives me. Of course it entails putting a team together and having them work as unit to make my books a success and there seems to be a feeling in the old school that this is all very unseemly. Well, I disagree.
I don't like the idea of me in a gunfight at the OK Corral. I prefer the vision of me sitting at my desk. Writing my brains out and creating a virtual bookshelf for people to enjoy.
So please print folks, there's no need to fear us epub and indie folks. There's no need to castigate us. Just as there's no need for us to thumb our noses at you. There's a lot to be learned from one another.
Until next time...