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Friday, February 24, 2017

The Writing LIfe and Author Misconceptions

You'll be seeing this headshot more. My next release is titled Saguaro Sunset.

I've been lurking in an online class about 'self' and 'small' publishing, and it's been eye-opening. I'm no expert in either, but it reminded me of my own innocence a decade ago. At that time, an author could only be published if they found a publisher. Makes sense, right? And that usually meant finding an agent first.  In this past decade, publishing has transformed faster than the switch from typewriter to computer keyboard.

Now, anyone can publish anything, and sometimes in a matter of days, not years.

I like to think that what I haven't learned first hand about the world of publishing, I've been able to learn about as part of the Inkwell blog where all of us have slipped out of unpublished land to the glorious kingdom of published authors.  Did you hear that fanfare? Me neither.

Recently, I visited Debbie Lynn Costello's blog (the Sword and the Spirit), where I basically ranted (or whined) about this same subject. Is it a gift to writers that we can all be published now? or has it just made things that much more difficult? 

I'd love to hear questions from readers and writers, as well as opinions from other authors. Let's talk about the HOWs of writing and becoming published! 

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1 comment:

  1. Deb, the more I read about this new publishing world, the more confused I get. I'm discovering that I like creating he things that go along with promoting my books, but I'm lagging when it comes to using the materials on social media. I think it's because the net is such a time sucker and I fall prey to curiosity about what everyone else is doing. No matter what people say, it kind of IS like being a fly on the wall in a public place.