This post was originally published in August 2015. The observations are still valid even if some of the players have changed. Back then, we were told the gatekeepers were publishers and agents and we, as writers, hadn't made it until we managed to pass through their oh-so-hallowed halls. Today, the self-proclaimed gatekeepers are those of... Continue Reading →
Who are the real gatekeepers?
(This post originally appeared October 2013. While some of the players have changed, the basic premise still remains. There are still those out there who believe indie authors are hacks--at best--who haven't struggled hard enough to earn the title of "author".) Over the last couple of days, I've seen a number of posts by authors... Continue Reading →
Are Indies Really That Bad?
This is an updated version of a post I originally published in May 2015. It came about when, at a loss for something to blog about, I went to FB, looking for inspiration. Needless to say, it didn't take long to find something. Of course, it also raised my blood pressure and had me gnashing... Continue Reading →
Prejudice among Gatekeepers
I often see plaints about sexism in publishing. There aren't enough books written by women, there aren't enough books that feature women in starring roles, and so forth. I'm more than a little inclined to shrug and say 'eh, so what?" because in the modern era, it comes down to one of two things: either... Continue Reading →
I asked Sarah what I should write about today, offering a few tongue-in-cheek suggestions and ending with the title of this post. That one, she replied. She knows where I'm at in life, because both of us are staring the abyss of exhaustion in the face and daring it to come closer. As a writer,... Continue Reading →
The gates have been opened and the walls are crumbling
Yesterday, Sarah sent me a link to a post by Joe Konrath. The post itself is as informative as it is entertaining (and I really need to quit reading him during the work day. As with the Passive Voice, I tend to read all the comments, follow all the links and -- oops -- there... Continue Reading →
What were they thinking?
This past week has been odd, to say the least. Between company visiting, some medical issues for both my mother and me and trying to do a little work for NRP as well as write one handed, life has often been an exercise in frustration. And then there's the latest round in a couple of... Continue Reading →
Who are the real gatekeepers?
Over the last couple of days, I've seen a number of posts by authors from both sides of the traditional vs. indie publishing discussion (yes, I'm being nice here. In most cases, discussion doesn't exactly describe the content. Argument or even screaming hissy fit usually comes closer). This comes on top of a long thread... Continue Reading →
I opened a fortune cookie one morning, having forgotten it the night before, and read that “You will be surrounded by things of luxury.” I couldn’t argue with this, I was going to be spending my day at a library surrounded by books. That got me thinking on how the status of books has changed,... Continue Reading →