The Writing Life: Affirmation, and Why I Choose to Independently Publish
Last week I wrote about reading other writers’ blogs. I had wanted to write about something I had read that morning on another writer’s blog. Quite a few of you will know there are two people whose blogs are my first ‘go-to’ point whenever I start a blog-reading session, at least when it comes to writing. They are kriswrites.com and deanwesleysmith.com, the blogs of Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith, respectively.
- Can I live with selling a book, knowing the story will ‘live’ only a year or two on the shelves, and then stop earning? No.
- Can I live with the idea of not
receiving the legitimisation that comes with a publishing contract, if my work
is available, and has the potential to earn for the life of its copyright? Yes.
- Can I live with other authors, and some members of the paying public looking slideways at me for publishing my own work, and maybe thinking that I only published it myself because it wasn’t good enough for a publisher to pick up? Sigh. Yes, because I know that there are many books that are good enough, that won’t see light of a day through a publisher because they just don’t fit the marketing profile of that publisher.
- Am I happy with people thinking that? No, but I can live with it, knowing my stories see light of day, and have a chance of finding an audience they’d have no chance to find otherwise.
- Can I live with being limited to releasing one new book per year, when I can release as many as I deem ready each year? No.
- Can I live with receiving a maximum of 7-10 per cent of the cover price of each copy sold for a maximum of 5,000 copies or 2 years, when I could be receiving 60-70 per cent of each copy sold for the lifetime of the copyright? No.