• On Writing,  publishing,  Uncategorized

    New World of Publishing: Failure is an Option. Quitting is Not.

    The First of the “Goals and Dreams 2012 Series” I’ll bet a few of you got very uneasy by me starting off a goals and dreams series of blogs with the words: “Failure is an Option.” That’s right, you must fail, over and over to become an artist in this business and to just survive. And that’s normal and perfectly fine. Let me say this clearly. The reason I am starting right here, talking about failure, is that until you understand failure in publishing, you don’t have a lot of chances at success and setting goals for success. Failure is very much an option in publishing in all levels. However,…

  • On Writing,  publishing,  Uncategorized

    The New World of Publishing: 95% of All Authors Will Never Indie Publish

    Mike Stackpole, on his blog this last week talked about how traditional publishing traps and holds writers. The Passive Guy also talked about this post by Mike. It is a post that I suggest everyone should read, even those of you offended by some of the words.  Go read it now! http://www.michaelastackpole.com/?p=2887 Mike ended his article by relaying a conversation he had at a recent conference with a publisher. — At World Fantasy I had a long talk with a publisher about digital publishing and midway through, he looked at me and asked, “Do you know how I’m still in business in ten years?” “Nope,” I said. He smiled, “I’m still…

  • Misc,  On Writing,  Uncategorized

    Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: Self Promotion

    The myth simply is: “All self promotion for a writer is good.” Nope. Completely false. The truth is sometimes self promotion of your own book can hurt you, sometimes it can help you. The key is not falling for the myth that all self promotion is good. Right now, in late 2009, the publishing industry is changing so fast that it is often hard to keep up for a writer with his head buried in writing the next book. Things are changing month to month, and the major publishers in New York and around the world are struggling to even stay a year or two behind. Where exactly is all…