I’m new to the internet game, at least insofar as it comes to writing. Several months ago, I read that an author needs to build a platform if he wants to be taken seriously – so I set about doing just that. It’s been a great ride, and I’ve met some wonderful people along the way, but there are some things about this game that concern me. Participating in blogs, Twitter, Facebook, forums, NaNoWriMo, or any of the gamut of writing outlets, despite the benefits, comes with some serious risks. Here are four of them: (more…)
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Posted in On Writing, tagged achieve, arc, author, beta-readers, blogs, conflict, consumers, emotional, facebook, friends, goal, internet, nanowrimo, platform, risks, social stratosphere, solitication, Stephen King, time management, Twitter, word counts, writing on June 28, 2010 | 10 Comments »
Posted in E-Publishing, tagged advance, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, bookstores, brick and mortar, business model, businessman, collaborate, demand, Disney, E-Publishing, editor, enterprise, enterprise-publishing, entrepreneurs, expensive, facebook, failed author, filter system, hostility, independent, indie, internet, iPhone, JK Rowling, Kindle, litmus test, logical fallacy, manuscript, market, market saturation, marketing, net worth, Nook, profit, publication, sales, self-published, self-publishing, selflessness, Seth Grodin, SmashWords, solitary profession, Stephanie Meyer, Stephen King, The Dead Don't Cry, Twitter, vanity author, WordPress on June 10, 2010 | 18 Comments »
There is something happening in the publishing industry right now. Something seismic. Regular men and women – children even! – are beginning to self-publish. The internet has given them the keys to a once gated empire – and the gatekeepers are not happy. There is a system in place for writers, a proven process that filters “the talentless hacks” from the Stephen Kings, JK Rowlings, and Stephanie Meyers of the world. And by sidestepping it, so-called ‘vanity’ authors are essentially flooding the market with a deluge of sub par fiction and nonfiction alike. This attitude has created an enormous tide of hostility towards would be authors, but like all anger, it is rooted in fear, a fear which has absolutely no basis in merit whatsoever. (more…)
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