Apparently, half of all authors (ALL!) and almost 80% of self-published make less than $1000 a year. This is so easily skewed, it’s almost worth completely ignoring. A lot of industry folk are going to look at this and come to the conclusion that 80% of those self pub fuckers aren’t working out like they say they are. Then the self-pub folks are going to look at this and act like publishers really are keeping authors under their bootheel. There is a good bit of truth to both those statements, but remember this, this includes authors who haven’t published anything (aspiring), authors who have one book, and authors who haven’t published in the recent past. On both sides. Jami Gold then broke that down, again, brought by Passive Guy.
Joe Konrath, Barry Eisler, and agent Robert Gottlieb go back and forth on various issues facing authors and traditional publishing’s strengths vs self publishing. On the one hand I want to really point out that Konrath and Eisler are savage, I wouldn’t want to debate them on anything. Of course, when the opponent says things so blatantly stupid, I really can’t blame them.
This is actually kinda funny, Writer Beware has a post protecting not only authors, but also agents. If you want an agent, you’re going to have to go to them directly, pay attention to their submission guidelines, and frankly, probably meet them in person at a conference. There is no short cut.
David Farland helps debunk the 10,000 hour “myth“. I put that in quotations because I’ve never really been alright with that rule, but I’m not willing to call it a myth. Mozart was a genius, more gifted than most people on earth when was a child, but without a lifetime of dedication he would never have ascended to the level he did.
Hugh Howey is on his soapbox about the Author’s Guild, but then they really are a prime example of (and I can’t believe I’m about to use this term) yellow-bellied cowards led by the whiniest bootlicker I’ve read about in learning about the publishing industry. (apparently I was feeling particularly “polarized” this week)
Calling it for this week, folks! Have a great weekend!