Okay, maybe not the thing to be following my Australia Day post but it’s how I feel at the moment.
It was simple in the old days – you slave over your precious piece of textual brilliance and send it in to a literary agent and then hopefully a publisher. The chances were you’d be rejected by the agent and if one of the few, rejected by the publisher, and that was that. I remember the rise of the vanity publishers, what an awful name to go with a service that was, let’s face it, a little shoddy and sleazy. However, those who used the service and if they were happy, then who am I to say otherwise? To be honest I was tempted.
And yet, I waited. I didn’t try an agent or publisher either. I was going to use my own smarts and sell my own books and put stuff on the internet (hardly any writers were using the internet in that way). Problem 1 – I had no idea how to build a website or how the internet worked. Solution 1a – do a graphic design class with Solution 1b – my son who was a teen at the time. So, a year later I had a qualification under my belt, stories to share, and a website designed by me, built by my son (who was also my teacher on how to update and upgrade it (there was a lot of sighing from him on those days but the bribes were worth it)).
Problem 2 – time. Solution 2 – still don’t know how to create a time dilation field though I’ve watched numerous scifi shows and read some articles (and yes I realise the ‘time’ factor of researching)
Problem 3 – too slow. Solution 3 – just give the finger and it’ll make me feel better. By too slow I mean that over the years, as I was trying to get myself famous, I missed many, many opportunities to the point the whole independent author revolution caught up with me, passed and surpassed me and now it’s an ‘everyone is a writer/publisher’ in this modern world. But it’s not all bad – quantum computers are coming. Maybe I’ll be fast enough to catch that ride. (ignoring Problem 2 and 3, oh, and 1 – better start reading up on quantum stuff)
So here I am, giving the finger (no, I’m not a guy portraying myself as a gal – I’m just a gal using a pic of a guy), realising by using my real name and making changes to my social media accounts, books and websites isn’t going to make much of a dent. I don’t really have anything to lose!
So, don’t despair if you are in a similar situation and work through those ‘meh’ days and add some attitude.
Meh (I mean ‘Mel’) nice to meet ya.
PS. in reinventing myself I’m back to square one – do I do it all myself or just join the club and use Smashwords, Amazon etc. etc.? Oh, the mazes we wander.
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At the beginning of last year I found myself asking the same questions! That’s when I finally got serious and finished writing my first book. Then I investigated the ridiculous nature of the current self-publishing numbers game, and decided to just release a chapter from my book, every week, for free, on my blog. Why? Because I think more people will actually read it that way.
I’ve been seriously considering doing the same thing. I have released some work on this website but will consider doing more. I’m keen to simply share my work rather than make it a business but I’m going to give it one more year. For now I’ll do a bit of both! Good luck and I’ll take a look at your work.