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Panning for Gold in the Publishing Industry

Moonday Madness

a blog about authors and author concerns

It’s tough to be an author today. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Don’t you all feel this way?

Traditional publishing is dying, self-publishing is the only way to go.

You’re crazy if you self-publish, too much work and the numbers don’t hold up. 

I go back and forth. Do I want an agent. Do I want to submit to this publisher or that publisher or stay with my current publisher. Every day I feel like I have to make a new decision, but do I really?

I’m in this for the long haul.

Donna B. McNicol

I chose my publisher for several reasons. One, they liked me. (Let’s face it. When someone wants to go out with you, its very flattering.) Two, I receive several rounds of edits from the staff. My editor, the line editor, the copy editor. And then (there is always the final copy if anything is drastically wrong) the formatting editor. And three, they paid for the cover, the editing, the formatting. All things I have little to no experience in. Overall a great small press experience.

So that leaves the big decisions. Should I send my next book to them? What about agents? What about self-publishing and striking it rich?

If you don’t hop on board the gold will be gone. But the truth of it is most miners didn’t make much more than survival money. A few made it big. Self-publishing is like that. Unless you are there for the long haul. Unless you have a back-list and continue to create a back-list.

Want to see someone in it for the long haul? Someone who is quietly panning in the stream and doing very well? Check out Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s blog. I think she actually goes by Kris, so it’s kind of confusing, but she is an up front honest and prolific self-publisher who will tell you like it is. And the best part is she has lots of experience in the traditional publishing industry. Lots.

The post that got me started today is: http://kriswrites.com/2012/09/26/the-business-rusch-watching-the-numbers/.

Also check out her series on publishing http://kriswrites.com/business-rusch-publishing-articles/.

Baby ToesIt’s gold. All gold. When someone with her experience shares it with a tenderfoot, you should pull your seat up closer to the campfire and listen. She’s been in, she’s been out. She’s had multiple pen names. She’s never been the BIG name, but she is doing what I would love to do, living the life and making it as an author. More than making it, she is successful.

And she’s in it for the long haul.

Stop worrying about the tiny decisions. Come up with a plan and stick to it. Make it work. And above all, write (and make sure you keep your rights, and copyrights). Your stories, whether or not you have an agent, a big six publisher or a small publisher are your ticket to the LIFE. Think ahead and realize, this business has a long tail and you want to be there, on the front porch of that cabin, with your gold bars safe in the cellar. OR the bank.

Right now, I’m choosing traditional publishing. But every contract I make sure that if I decide to do what Ms. Rusch has done, I have that choice. I want to be panning for gold, not pan handling.

How do you make your career decisions? Do you have a business plan? How far out does it go? My goals go out at least five years, but every year I check to see if they are still valid. Staying in the gold rush means stretching out your supplies, and making sure you’ve planned ahead. Where are you in your life?

Thank you WANA COMMONS for the fab photos!


Filed under Moonday mania, Writer's Journey, writing craft

Dig Deep and plan for the Future

Sensational Saturdays

a blog for whatever I feel like writing

It’s halfway through April and I don’t even have a single seed planted.

Gardening is like writing. You need to get started, or you miss the season. Spinach needs to be planted early, so does lettuce. Soon, you’ve passed the time period for planting the early season crops and you’re on to the tomatoes and melons. And then it’s fall and you have nothing to harvest.

If you are a pre-pubbed romance author, you too have a possible harvest deadline. Many of us are going to try to enter the Golden Heart, but you need to start your seeds of your outline now. Have your outline done? Then it’s time to nurture it into a rough draft. Once that’s ready, get out the hoe and mow down some weeds, it’s the middle of the growing season and editing time. And then you have your final draft. Your story. Your harvest.

If you don’t plant early, you’ll find the opportunities for contests and pitching opportunities have passed. I’m going to RWA Nationals, and I plan to pitch a particular story, is it ready? No. But it’s close. I’ve planted the seeds, now I’m hoeing the weeds.

Snow and the Seventh Wolf is in its last bit of editing before I send it off to my publisher. I’ve planted the outline, nurtured the rough draft, now I’m hoeing the last weeds from the very end before sending it to market, where I hope someone buys my harvest. It’s always a little risky, but if you don’t start, you don’t have a harvest at all. And I should have gotten it finished last month. What happens when it languishes, waiting for me to pay attention to it? Does the opportunity fly past? I don’t know, but I guess we’ll find out!

What projects in your life need some nurturing? Have you started a garden? Do you have a manuscript in need of tending? Do you have a harvest date that you need to plan for?


Filed under channeling success, Goal Setting, Sensational Saturday's