Archives for February 2011

The Evolution of Self-Publishing

At a seminar on Feb 22nd, sponsored by Publishers Weekly and Digital Book World, the discussion of self-publishing came up. Basically, it was a panel of authors and “experts,” talking about how self-publishing actually hurts authors and the industry.  Author Jason Pinter had this to say, using a frustrated tone, “There’s a sense of people latching on to a couple of individuals who’ve found success and then those people get a lot of publicity. … [Read more...]

The New Gatekeeper for Authors

Once upon a time, the gatekeepers in the publishing world used to be editors, literary agents, and hired junior employees for the publishing houses. Not anymore. Authors have given up on the traditional approach and are doing everything themselves. Because of this, the publishing world now has a new gatekeeper…  Readers.  Unfortunately, readers are also in charge of the ever-popular slush pile. An average reader may go through hundreds of … [Read more...]

Unknown Author

Are there unpublished authors who are more talented, more marketable, and more devoted to the craft of writing than authors who are on the shelves? I can say with the utmost certainty, “Yes.”  I’ll give just about any book a chance. I will read the first chapter. If I like how the book starts out, I’ll read another fifty to eighty pages. After that, I will decide whether the book is worth my time or not.  You may think that after eighty … [Read more...]