Monday, March 14, 2011

Just When You Think Getting Published Couldn't Get Any Harder...

This blog has put me in touch with a LOT of aspiring writers. People with real talent who often work two jobs-- one that pays the bills and that of a full time author. It's been a heck of a learning experience for me and I've learned that being a published author is probably more due to luck than talent-- unfortunately.

But if there's one illusion I've held to, it's the one that says getting an offer from a big publisher is the end game. The point at which you can take solace in the fact that, even if you don't make as much money as you'd hoped to, you will at least see your words in print.

I'm afraid that reading this post by Ian Tregillis, the author of Bitter Seeds,  makes it clear that when it comes to getting a book published there are no guarantees. Talk about frustrating. I encourage you to click on the link and read Ian's post whether you're an aspiring author or not. It'll make you appreciate your favorite authors even more. Though it'll depress the heck out of all you writers...

5 comments:

Joe said...

Wow. That *is* incredibly depressing. A lot of authors lately are considering going the epublishing route by themselves rather than through traditional publishers, and stories like this and the Borders bankruptcy make it easy to understand why. I really feel for the author.

Charles Gramlich said...

I know quite a lot of writers who had or have had books or series sold with major houses who are struggling to get another contract. It's definitely not a safe secure life.

Kate said...

I'll read the post. I LOVE the cover. It's amazing!

xenophon38 said...

This was disheartening indeed... Almost kept me from entering my manuscript in the Suvudu Del Rey writing contest. But then I would never know, so I did it anyway.

http://xenophon.page.tl/Novel-Sample.htm

Steve Malley said...

Wow. Hard reading. And the worst is, he's sooooo far from alone.

When writers get together, just quietly, in hushed tones so as not to be branded 'difficult', these stories abound. Books fallen through cracks. Books that sold well, but not well enough. Books that-- I'm just going to stop there.

Used to be you had to be a good team player, even when the team was dismissive, incompetent or even actively hostile.

The indie life has its headaches, but I remain thankful for the ebook revolution!