If it’s Tuesday. . .

I’m a day late.

I really did intend to get back here yesterday to do a blog post. Unfortunately, life didn’t cooperate. This year, so far, has seen life doing its best to kick me in the teeth. Well, no more. I’ve dug in my heels and stomped my foot — hard to do at the same time, believe me, especially when you’re a klutz like me — and told life to get over itself. I have work to do and I’m going to do it, by gum.

For those who didn’t check out my post at According to Hoyt yesterday, please go over and do so. I discuss the 2014 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Survey, among other things. I’d like to think the designers of the survey had the best of intentions and didn’t start out with the intent of skewing the results to favor traditional publishing. However, it’s hard, especially when almost 2/3rds of the respondents were unpublished authors.

The survey and its results bothered me, not the least of which is because you have to pay $295 (iirc) to get the full text and results of the survey. So, as I tried to prepare for both this blog and my post over at Mad Genius Club, I googled the survey again. This time, there were more results and some of them were very interesting in what they revealed. You can see my take on it all on MGC today.

Here’s my take on it all. Publishing is changing and no one knows where it is going to stop. All I can say is that what we have in a couple of years will not be what we have now. The only way to survive in the industry is to do your research. Read the industry blogs and read author blogs. Look at those who are traditionally published as well as those who self-publish. And write.

But more than that, finish what you’re working on. A partial manuscript will never be sold. If, after you finish it and you decide to try to go the traditional route, submit to agents. While you are waiting to hear back from them, start on your next project. And remember, if you don’t find an agent, that isn’t the end of the world. There are still small publishers who take unagented manuscript submissions. Then there is self-publishing. Weigh your options and decide what is best for you.

But for the love of Pete, don’t let the results of an admittedly unscientific survey sway you into doing something you might not have done otherwise.

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2 Comments

  1. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard
    Posted January 28, 2014 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Like

  2. Posted January 28, 2014 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Won’t let me like– so like

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