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"Self-publishing is different in the age of the Kindle.
Before, the self-publishing industry was basically offering amateur authors ego masturbation. Can’t get published by a publishing house? Publish yourself so you can call yourself a “published author.” The prospect of making money off of your work was asymptotically approaching zero. You have to find a local bookstore who will carry your book. Or distribute it on word of mouth. Or more than likely put a bunch of copies of it on the shelves of your writing room at home. Or give them away. Or burn them for warmth because you spent your heating oil money to become a published author. Basically, it was impossible to reach an identifiable fraction of success of a book published by a traditional house.
In the age of the Kindle, self-publishing is a more worthwhile endeavor. I can get my work out to the masses via the power of the internet, and they can easily pick it up for a reasonable price. No major bricks-and-mortar bookstore was going to carry your Edgar Rice Burroughs wannabe swords-and-tits fantasy novel. But now the biggest bookstore in the world, Amazon, will. And you can sell it at a price that would bankrupt a traditional publisher. A price attainable for all the teenagers that are your target audience. And you might even make money off of it in the end.
So I think your writing professors were correct. But they were correct in the 80’s, and they’re dumbasses now.”
6 Ways Not To Start Your Novel -
Agents look at countless partial and full manuscripts. What’s one thing that turns us off quick? Unoriginal and unexciting openings.
Coding Robots on Tumblr: Press Release -
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
After years of fighting, Coding Robots today declared that it accepted the defeat, and it is now okay to call their software ‘apps.’
"We do not care anymore. You can call our programs whatever you like, ‘apps’ or ‘shmapps’," said the company’s founder , "We just want to continue making these awesome things."…
Famous rejections -
Carrie by Stephen King:
“We are not interested in science fiction which deals with negative utopias. They do not sell.”
Animal Farm by George Orwell:
“It is impossible to sell animal stories in the USA”
“I’m sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don’t know how to use the English language.”
What J.K. Rowling's pseudonymous novel says about commercial success -
…it was a book written by J.K. Rowling. It received terrific reviews. It was published by great publishers. And it didn’t take off.
I Write Like turned 3!
No Names, No Jackets -
A book discovery service with an innovative twist: all you see here is one chapter from a story without knowing who wrote it, whether it was self-published or traditional, its synopsis, its title, or what its cover looks like.Interesting.
I Write Like source code -
A little reminder that IWL is an open source project, written in Racket programming language.
I was feeling a little blue and I was looking for something on the internet to cheer me up and Warren Ellis has a post on his tumblr pointing to a website, I Write Like, so I thought, oh, hey, why not? Warren got David Foster Wallace; I was thinking, huh, maybe it’ll tell me I write like John Steinbeck! Hell, maybe David Mitchell!!!
Sigh. Going to bed now.
PS - It’s funny. I admit it. Even I think it’s funny.