Disheartened? Well …

Woke up early and found myself in the garden taking photos … it was glorious, with mist rolling off the ground and dew dripping from every spider’s web. These are the things that make life worth living and helps kick every problem, every little irritant, into touch. It’s a shame the mood doesn’t last forever, eh?

Yesterday I got into conversation about writing, publishing and self-publishing. I was asked if I felt disheartened. The honest answer – a little. It’s frustrating that traditional publishers appear to be fearful about taking on new writers/authors. Concentrating their focus on well-established authors and celebrities. There doesn’t seem to be any way forward in the writing business today, it’s almost like it’s hit a brick wall.

The wannabe author is forced, almost, to self-publish. Let’s face it, we all write to be read, even if only by a few. Creating something is thrilling but it’s an even bigger thrill when a stranger tells you how much they enjoyed what you’ve produced.

If you do decide to self-publish, time is an all-important factor. If you don’t have the time to spend on marketing your book then it’s a bit of a non-starter. Like a lot of writers I’ve spoken with – it’s the creative aspect that pushes us on – promotion, therefore, is not part of the world we live in.

There are a myriad of self-published books out there, all languishing in the depths of some database because the author doesn’t have the time, the inclination or the expertise to put it out there. Most of us don’t know the first thing about the world of marketing – we’re still hanging on to an environment where the agent signed you, passed your work to a publisher and they did the rest.

It’s a cruel world for the budding author.

I’ve thought about removing my book from publication, but friends and family say to me: ‘Why? If it’s out there at least it has a chance to be read.’ And I nod my head and agree.

Does it really matter?

After some considerable thought and a stroll around the garden this morning, I’ve come to the conclusion that no, I don’t think it does. 🙂

On the other hand, I think spider webs definitely do.

 

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  1. I felt much the same about my first book. I quit trying to market it and got on with writing the second. This time I hope that I will not be disillusioned too soon, I have set myself a target of selling at least 1500 which is the number of books that were sold by JK Rowling of her crime novel, which she published under a different name. It was considered to be a reasonable number for an unknown author. Of course once word got out who she was, the book sold by the thousands.
    I hope you are getting on with writing the next one. The first might do better with a companion!

  2. Thanks for the encouragement, Caro. I’m certainly not of a mind to stop writing. It has, however, become less about publishing and more about doing something creative. If along the way I produce something I think is fit for publication, then I’ll go ahead and self-publish.

    In the meantime, all my work will be available on my website – if I think it’s good enough. 🙂

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