The gatekeepers are still there and that's fine. I don't have anything against traditional publishing, but those of us on the outside have other options for exposure and making a living and getting our names out there. We don't have to beg at the gates anymore.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
I was thinking on writing, music and the publishing world in general and how it, like the music business, is going through sea change. Not every indie author is going to get rich like Amanda Hocking but to know that at least someone out there is going to be able to have access to your work is rewarding. Is making money a goal for me? Sure. And I wouldn't mins making a few dollars here and there from my work. I also don't mind giving stuff away for free. But writing only to make money is a poor reason to write. Thinking you will be the next Amanda hocking is unrealistic. You have to love what you do. I love writing and always have. On Smashwords 16 people have already downloaded my poetry book! I'm just tickled that they took the time to check out my work! Whether they like it or not is another thing, but at least someone somewhere is reading it which is what I've wanted for so many years but was denied this. 10 years ago I couldn't get even one podunk literary newsletter to accept even one poetry submission. Things are changing and for the better for us outsiders.
at 10:34 AM
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
So far things are looking a bit primitive but that will change over the course of the year. I was using this blog as a space to preview my work and will continue to to do that soon. I'll have links to my music podcasts and other non-fiction work as well in the near future. Like the Isley Brother's song; I've got so much work to do!
I'm getting there! :)
at 7:40 PM
Monday, June 27, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
I finally got my first book published on Amazon.com for the Kindle! I'm so excited! anyone can get a few free pages or buy the book for $0.99 by clicking this link! I think it's good and I'm proud of the work I've done! I even took the picture myself (from a beach trip a few years back) and made the cover art myself. Graphic design school sure comes in handy!
If anyone is interested in purchasing it, tell me what you think of my work! I'll be working on getting a small collection of short stories published next. In fact, one is already finished - I wrote it long ago but made huge revisions, a second one started off as a novel that I will be turning into a short story and I'm currently working on another one. Exciting stuff. if I could give them away for free I would but Amazon won't let me do that and a company like Amazon can give me the exposure I can't get in just any place. I'm so excited!
at 9:06 PM