Monday I made a big deal about what I want this blog to be, what I’m afraid to do, chasing my people away, etc. I feel better about that as I get a clearer picture of what I want Story Arcs to be, but still wanted one of my last posts of the year to be a self publishing resource. I’ll have a Sharing the Wealth tomorrow, and it’s going to be a big one as it’s pretty much the whole month of December, but that’ll probably be it for the year.
Today I wanted to discuss the Self Publishing Podcast.
For those that don’t know, the Self Publishing Podcast is run by Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt, and Dave Wright. All three are writers that have produced something like…honestly, I don’t even know, close to a dozen series. Their fiction is serialized and they collaborate so it’s hard to summarize everything they’ve written just glancing at the About page or in listening to the podcast. They also write like machines, churning out a short story or novella length installment a week.
I have no idea how I missed this for so long. I thought I knew the major resources in self publishing (Joe Konrath, Joanna Penn, Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Katherine Rusch, Lindsay Buroker) but this is a pretty big thing out there and I had either glanced over it or never heard of it. More than likely it’s that first part since I usually don’t listen to podcasts. I haven’t listened to them in years, but with my new commute I wanted something to listen to on the way to work.
I’m glad I did.
First of all, they give some great information. I just started listening and I started relatively late in the series so I don’t know everything about what their platform was, but I believe it was limited. That means you’re getting the insights of people who had to claw their way up, who had no former authorial career (Truant did have a blog) before they began writing. That’s something the big names like Smith, Rusch, and Konrath will simply never be able to fully communicate. It’s something they’ve addressed and argued against several times on their blogs, especially since they used so many pen names, but it is still an edge that most people lack, thought I do believe Penn and Buroker started out with no prior platform.
It’s also funny as hell. I can see how their joking around and swearing might drive off some who don’t like that, but for me it was very natural to pick up. They have a good chemistry, great inside jokes, and have absolutely no qualms about political correctness or offense.
You may want to know some basics about self publishing first, or have a pen handy, because they’re isn’t a whole lot of intro to the concept, at least not this late in the series. There is an assumption you’ve done your homework and know at least a bit about the industry. In the last few episodes they’ve discussed pricing issues, marketing, output, interviewed Dean and Wesley Smith, interviewed editor Stacy Ennis (and discussed the importance of editing in contrast to the expense) as well as a ton of other topics.
Whether you’re learning about self publishing, getting ready to put up your work for the first time, or entrenched in a career, give them a shot, at the very least they explore things in a different manor and have insights I’d never thought of.