With traditional publishing going through an existential crisis, should today’s writers think about running their own show?
If you work in the publishing industry today, then you know we’re living in interesting times. Digital media are now replacing dead-tree books, and many of the larger publishing companies are focusing only on A-list authors and other safe bets, at the expense of their B- and C-list writers, as they batten down the hatches and prepare for rough financial seas.
So, does this mean it’s time to give up the dream and return to your dead-end counter or office cubicle job? Far from it. Continue reading
This week on the Sunday Podcast Roundup, Roman Mars of the 99% Invisible Podcast tells you where to find the best beer in the world; Captain Jeff of Airline Pilot Guy reports on rogue spiders attacking air traffic controllers; and Chris Kenneally of Beyond the Book gets the details on the 166-million-dollar settlement in the big e-book price-fixing case — and how you may be entitled to some of it!
Where it’s at, where it’s going…
Do you have a fictional masterpiece trapped in the back of your mind, just dying to be read by mobs of screaming fans? Do you get a little buzz every time you think about seeing your name on the cover of an actual published novel?
Hey, me too!
But…do you feel slightly less buzzed when you think about dealing with editors? agents? online booksellers? the whole nasty, soul-destroying process of bulldozing your beloved story through the frigid slush pile of modern publishing, and into the sweaty, grasping hands of soon-to-be fans and personal stalkers?
Hey, me too!
Fortunately, there are a lot of generous people out there who are willing, through the magic of podcasting, to share their experiences and knowledge with aspiring Stephen Kings and J. K. Rowlings such as ourselves.
In this ‘Spotlight on Publishing’ series, you’ll find links to the best interviews and discussions that I’ve found on the web. You’ll take a front-row seat as writers, publishers, agents, and other industry insiders trade their experiences and battle scars. By connecting you to them, I hope to make your journey less intimidating, and (hopefully) a lot more fun.