Monday, September 17, 2007

Well, I've decided.

I've taken the decision: I am NOT going to publish The Unquiet Grave myself. I'm going to start the tedious round of submissions. I figure, what have I got to lose except small pieces of my ego?

Gee, I don;t really have anything to say about this, except: if you;re looking to read TUQG, please put some energy, prayer, or what-have-you into my success at getting this thing published or finding a reputable agent.

I just think there's more wrong with the POD industry than there is right, to tell the honest truth. They're not there to sell your books: they're there to sell their services. and some of those services are QUITE expensive. Take a $900 base price for a fairly well designed book, add another $300 to havbe it copyrighted (if you do it yourself through the U.S. copyright office it's $45), another hundred for the Library of Congress get the idea. and that doesn't include marketing of any kind. Plus, if you want your book to be returnable--something most major bookstores demand--that's ANOTHER $700 for just a year.

POD companies also don;t sell a lot of books. They're seen as vanity presses, which don;t have a very good reputation among booksellers and reviewers. So don;t go to one expecting to have the next break out best seller because it probably isn't going to happen.

I do think there are lots of problems with "traditional" publishing methods as well, not least the subjectiveness of the whole industry. But I'm going to give it a shot.

It's been a long time since I've tried to have a book published and things have changed---not least my writing. So maybe, just maybe I have a chance.

That's all for now.

1 comment:

alejandra said...

Hi Kele,

I'll never forget one of my favourite musicians once saying (sic) "I don't think that I have any right to an audience. I don't think that just because I make records people should listen, or if I play they should come...I play because I enjoy it. It's as simple as that". I humbly believe that artists should please themselves. If the final outcome of their work pleases lots of people, fine. If not it shouldn't matter. I know that's a rather selfish approach, but then again who should best enjoy the fruits of their harvest but the sewers themselves?

Much love xxx