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How traditional publishers are like recruiters: a response to Hugh Howey’s message to authors

I wrote the following as a comment on Hugh Howey’s latest post on self-publishing as the best way to go for new authors. You can read his post here.

Hugh,

Great post. The part where you write “[Publishers will] continue to gamble on thousands of authors in the hopes that one of them hits it big. They’ll drop the other authors and reload next year” was especially interesting.

I understand this mode of thinking very well. I work in tech recruiting. I find software engineers and other technologists and try to put them to work at my clients. If a candidate seems smart, but not “placeable,” I probably won’t keep in touch with them or send them out to clients (my companies with job openings) as much as I would send out an experienced engineer with a Master’s degree who has worked for Google.

The reason I bring this up is because traditional publishers are running a business just like I, as a recruiter, am trying to hit my quota each month. Read the full post »

Traditional Publishing is Obsolete – Say Hi to the New Gatekeepers

stress man lifting rockBook publishing has changed in ways that are highly beneficial to readers but not so great for traditional publishing companies. These changes also offer new challenges for self-publishing authors who think they no longer need to worry about gatekeepers like agents and editors, who once had the power to keep their work from reaching a mass audience.

There are new gatekeepers now, and they’re here to stay. Indie authors have to learn to embrace them and glean what knowledge they can from their methods.

This change happened thanks to readers like me. Read the full post »

Indie Writer’s Manifesto

Mark Coker, awesome CEO of Smashwords, has given us the following infographic about wisdom indie authors should keep in mind. I can’t think of any others to add. Can you?

Leave a response in the comments section and let’s talk about it.

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Good R’s and Bad R’s: Why Newbie Authors Should Query Literary Agents Before Self-Publishing

 

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Rejected again.

I’ve been writing novels with the intent to publish for eight years now. I spent the first half of that sending letters and manuscripts to literary agents, who consistently rejected my work. At the time, I was bitter about it. But now that I publish my novels independently, I look back at it and thank my lucky stars that it happened.

Back when I was a 23-year-old MFA student, I wrote a collection of short stories as my final project. I thought it was good enough (and my teacher agreed, that big old sweetheart) to submit to literary agents and find a publisher. One of my strategies was to get several of the stories published individually in literary journals. I had minor success there with a few publications, but mostly I gathered rejections, probably close to a hundred from literary journals and agents alike.

It was the beginning of what would become the greatest learning experience of my career—an education even more valuable than I received from the MFA program that cost me $40,000.

Read the full post »

Chip Away at Your Passions Before They Poison You

The worst feeling, in my opinion, is having a stimulating idea or desire in your mind with no outlet.

In my case, it’s stories. I come up with an idea for a story and I get increasingly more anxious if I can’t do something with it, like write it down and get it out to an audience. My excuses range from “I’m too tired after work,” or “I just don’t have the time” or “I’ll get to it on the weekend.”

The result is stress, anxiety, and the fear that someday you’ll regret not having done more. But what can you do when you work full-time and you have friends, family, kids who need your attention? What about all those bills you have to pay and the money you need to save? Wouldn’t chasing a dream just get in the way of those things and cause more stress?

That instrument you want to learn, movie you want to produce, deck you’d like to build behind your house, relationship you’ve been aching to find, invention you’ve always thought was a great idea…

Those things can wait, right?

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My New, More Personalized Blog On Writing and Life (www.rdenoncourt.com)

typewriterFor those of you following this blog, you know that I tend to write about both publishing and my personal life. I’ve decided to split these two subjects into two separate blogs.

The new one, located at http://www.rdenoncourt.com, runs on the awesome SquareSpace platform. Right away it looks more like a personal blog. The one you’re reading now, Self Land Publishing, will be strictly about self-publishing and my efforts to get my writing out there to an audience.

I won’t share writing tips here. I’ll share them at http://www.rdenoncourt.com

“Self Land Publishing” will be strictly business. Here you’ll find publishing advice and hear about numbers and sales.

“Rdenoncourt.com” will be a place for me to talk about my life as a writer and as a regular guy trying to make his way in the world. I’ll discuss society, psychology, relationships, and travel as well.

As always, you can sign up for my mailing list to hear about new books. I’ll announce those here as well.

Thanks again to those of you who have followed my posts. I hope to write many more in the future, and be more consistent in my posting schedule. And if you have any questions for me, or ideas for posts, contact me at richard(dot)denoncourt(at)gmail(dot)com

Best,

Richard

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