Since 2006 I’ve been reading, researching and following publishing after making the huge mistake of publishing via vanity press. I decided to educate myself and in doing so, I’ve learned oodles. Things have also changed since then and have been changing rapidly since. Following other bloggers, authors mostly, I find I skip over articles about writing. Too much of a good things is bad.
HOWEVER!!! Bob Mayer’s post about What to Write is phenomenal and I wanted to share. I urge all my writerly friends to pop on over to Bob’s post to learn a thing or two. The post has some of the best writing advice I’ve seen in awhile.
Along the lines of writing, a friend of mine E.J. Wesley summed up what he’s learned about ePublishing. If you take 3 minutes to read his article, you can save yourself a ton of research if your new to the biz. There isn’t anything I disagree with here and E.J. is a great writer to follow.
Since I’m on the topic of writers and authors, Katie Salidas has a bit of a rant on her page about writers. You can see her point of frustration, and it is something that I equally find annoying. She echoes some of Kristen Lamb’s advice. I share in the frustration in receiving DMs on Twitter from authors begging me to read their books. It gets old.
She continues on with a post directed to the Self-Publishing community. This has a bit of a harsher tone, but with a great moral to the story. Just because we stand alone and publish our work on our own does not mean we are a singularity. We are a writing community and self-publishers need to take responsibility. If you’re out there publishing first-draft garbage, your clogging the pool. Readers will start to grow weary of self-pubbed work because they’ve had to sift through too much garbage… and there is a lot of garbage out there already.
So writers, beware. Take responsibility for yourself and your work. Remember, you are part of a community and as such, what you do reflects on us all.