"If you work, and self publish on the side, you will not have time for diets, exercise, anime, cooking, going to the grocery store, practically anything else while you're getting started. Your free time must be dedicated 100% to the cause if you are even to get close to success."
"As writers, we never know what experience will seed the plot of our next book, or what stranger will shape a character that will drive readers positively wild with anticipation. And, anyway, what better place to hunt for ideas than in a bookstore?"
"I can’t help but wonder if one of the reasons these authors made so many fans – devoted fans – is because they DID travel to so many bookstores and libraries and industry events. Now that they are largely immovable from the top of every best seller list, these authors are able to sell a book on past precedent alone."
"Change is difficult, usually, simply because it feels different, or requires unfamiliar tools, or even a new language. (Remember how people communicated with one another – letters, telephone, in person – before the advent of social media? No? Me neither.)"
"Which leads me to Brand. Many of the more seasoned authors out there know all about this. But there are those like you who are just getting started—who want to understand what it takes to not only write well but market well."
"For the purpose of this contest, a self-published book is one where the decision to publish the book was the author's alone, the transaction involved the author paying any upfront costs for services, and the book is currently available for viewing and/or purchase."
It occurs to me that perhaps the meteoric rise in self-published works has turned the Kindle into the modern campfire.
Only, instead of sitting together, elbows and knees touching, with firelight twinkling upon eager faces as those gathered wait for the storyteller to begin, we now tell our own, deeply personal stories to a computer screen.
As wonderful as it is to a reach a larger audience than would be possible without the Internet, I can’t help but wonder what is being lost, sacrificed, in return.