Blahs all around.

Posted by on Feb 12, 2011 in General Insanity | 6 comments

Great Neil Gaiman video I was linked today that explains how by giving away some of your works for free you are actually increasing your readership, rather than losing sales. Pair that with the news I read today that Borders is filing for bankruptcy and likely closing 200 stores, and things aren’t looking up for traditional publishing. Personally, I find that encouraging. There’s so much wrong with the publishing industry as it stands now. The more I learn about it the more I’m shocked that it still manages to make any money.

I haven’t really been posting much here because I’ve been having a difficult time accomplishing anything. I’ve unwritten far more words than I’ve written in the last couple of weeks (I’m minus about 20k words on my werewolf story at last count). I have no idea why. I guess I just have a case of the blahs. I’m hoping that I’ll snap out of it soon, because I really want to finish my Sci-Fi WIP. It’s so close to done, I just can’t get the last few pages. I’d like to finish the werewolf story too, but I just don’t know where it’s going anymore.

I joined a local Writer’s Workshop I found on meetup.com. I’ll be going to my first meeting with them in two weeks. I’m pretty excited about it! I’m not sure what I’ll bring as my WIP. Hopefully by then I’ll have written something more recently than a month ago. Sigh.

-C

6 Comments

  1. I’d read this post a while ago, but just yesterday clicked through to the Neil Gaiman video. Very interesting! I know that samples on Amazon are what convince me to buy (or not buy) a book.

    The whole Amanda Hocking success story is encouraging, too. I’m a fan of self (e-)publishing, largely because I am a control freak and don’t want publishers, editors, etc changing my text…I want control over the entire process.

    I think if we hone our writing skills to the point we can tell a captivating story well, then there’s no reason we can’t find an audience on our own, without the help of Big Publishing. (But, of course, WITH the help of Big Marketing, aka Amazon and its ilk.)

  2. Absolutely! The shakeup in the industry is great news for you and me. It means that you don’t necessarily have to slog through the interminable agent search and deal with rejection a hundred times.

    There are lots of less dramatic success stories too. I don’t know about you, but I don’t really have Stephen King like aspirations. If I can make enough to support my rather unfortunate reading habit, that will suit me just fine. πŸ™‚

    There’s an author on Critique Circle who self-e-published and has sold something like 40k copies. She got an inquiry email FROM an agent the other day. The agent got a rejection. That made me smile.

  3. Oh, that’s a hoot! Must have felt really, really good. πŸ™‚

    I’m not aspiring to bestsellerdom, either….I just want to tell my stories, and find people who like them. And, I’m discovering, I want to keep getting better and better at telling my stories. I actually really like the growing-as-a-writer process. Huh.

    • I feel the same way. I want to tell some fun stories, and if someone else can enjoy them too, that’s great.

      Mostly, I just want to invent some characters and finish a story. There’s something compelling about the entire process that kind of gets inside you. When I find myself wondering what my character would buy for dinner while I’m at the grocery store, that’s when I’m happiest. I’m sure you know what I mean. πŸ™‚

  4. How did your first writer’s workshop meeting go?

    • I ended up not going to that one. Had to work at the day job a little later than usual. I’m slotted to go next week. Hopefully I make that one! I’ll let you know.

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