I swear I am growing webbing between my fingers and toes. After a couple of years of the government in the form of the water districts telling us that we have to conserve water because we are in “the drought of the century”, we’ve had enough rain in the past week to fill the lakes. We’ve had so much rain that some lakes are actually releasing water to prevent flooding. What all the rain means for me is that I’ve spent the better part of a week cleaning up and drying out after three floods of the house — nothing major but nothing dries when we keep getting more and more rain — and now they are forecasting more rain for today and tomorrow. The result is that I’m tired — exhausted, really — and half-sick. Worse, my mother is sick and that amps my stress meter up even further.
All of this is a way of saying that I don’t have the brain cells left today to do a real blog post. Sorry, guys. However, I do have a couple of articles/posts that are of interest and that I’d like to hear your comments on. I will be back in a couple of hours — after I’ve gotten some sleep — and will answer comments and maybe be able to put up a real post. In the meantime, what do you think of the following?
Dean pretty much sums it up with this quote: “From the real world perspective, publishing is really, really, really known for its head-shakingly stupid business practices. But inside of publishing, these practices have become so common and set in “the way things are done” as to be defended by otherwise sane business people.” Go read the rest of the post and let me know your thoughts.
I know. I don’t often link to HuffPo without having much snark and laughter involved. But this article actually has some good information in it and does bring up several things every author should think long and hard about. “In a perfect world, every literary agent would be a fearless negotiator, working tirelessly to get the best possible book deals for his or her clients. . . But the world isn’t perfect. And sometimes an author’s career goes off the rails because their agent doesn’t have the knowledge, skills, or tenacity necessary to negotiate well on the author’s behalf.”
Then, finally, there is this article, Authors Debate Digital-First Publication.
Publishing digitally first can help authors to learn about the publishing process, make writers more critical of their own work and help reinvent an author. However, the author Stark Holborn warned that the format should only be used in the right context as there is “a difficulty in marketing something that has no physical presence”.
So, what are your thoughts? I’ll be back after a nap to see what you have to day.