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How A Maverick Maintains Their Sanity

I blog about Reading, Writing, and Publishing. And, I’m a maverick when I read, write, and publish.

There’s way too much “advice”, on just about any topic, on the Internet.

I made a big mistake and read too much of it

Back in August, I wrote the post, Too Much Advice Can Be Dangerous, that included a link to literary agent Rachelle Gardner’s post listing 33 other people’s posts about marketing and promoting books. In my post, I said:

“I’ve already spent over a year reading and digesting advice from more sources than I can remember; but, I will read through all those posts. Even though I know enough from my previous studies that I won’t find much new. Even though most of the advice will be things I can’t or won’t do. Even though much of that advice will contradict itself. Still, I will read them.”

Well, after all, I won’t be reading them because, like the title of the post that quote is from, Too Much Advice Can Be Dangerous.

As I was scanning various other blogs for a clue to what to write about today, I was reminded of Joe Konrath.

He’s one of very few people whose advice I never pass-up checking out.

Another is Joel Friedlander, who I’ve mentioned often in this blog.

And then, there’s Cory Doctorow; also mentioned much in this blog.

So, what about this Konrath guy. Why do I like his advice?

Back to the post that made me decide what to write about today, by Konrath: The Tsunami of Crap.

I want to put a few excerpts here from that post because it will help you see the kind of advice this struggling, maverick author loves—it helps me maintain my sanity in today’s BiblioFrenzy.

Take it away, Joe:

“Some people believe the ease of self-publishing means that millions of wannabe writers will flood the market with their crummy ebooks, and the good authors will get lost in the morass, and then family values will go unprotected and the economy will collapse and the world will crash into the sun and puppies and kittens by the truckload will die horrible, screaming deaths.”

“So readers aren’t the ones perpetuating this stupid myth that the crap will destroy the world. It’s the writers—specifically the legacy writers—who keep trotting this one out.”

“These authors fear loss of income, and are envious of the ease in which indies can self-publish and the money they can earn. But saying that out loud would make them look petty. So instead, they cloak their fear and envy in a poorly constructed argument that says their real intent is protecting readers from crap.”

“Newsflash: there has always been crap, and always will be crap. Get over it.”

That’s Joe :-)
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3 responses to “How A Maverick Maintains Their Sanity

  1. cmmarcum October 15, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Thinking hard here. Yes, there’s a lot of crap everywhere. That’s true.

    I’m a writer. I’m also a reader and let’s be honest. When it comes to shopping for my next book it is much harder and more frustrating to find a good read in the independent market than it is to find a good read in the traditional market. So, maybe the question here is How Much Crap the reader has to plow through. The average reader will not dedicate more than 1 hour to find their next book–if that.

    Nada, I still say that the Indie market will never be a serious threat to the Big Boys, unless some method is devised to make it easier on the consumer to locate something worthy of their hard earned $$.

    Your recent publication should tell you how short that window was for you to capture readers. I willing to bet that within a matter of days, your book was buried beneath a dozen, maybe hundreds of others, and you’re not going to sit there and tell me that this pile did not involve some crapola. Of course, I know that your soul is much too sweet to say that aloud, but mine spirit is not that nice

    As writers we may love the unchallenged freedom of the self-publishing market, but this may not be the answer that we’ve hoped for.


  2. Alexander M Zoltai October 15, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    C. M.,

    I agree that, “…some method [should be] devised to make it easier on the consumer to locate something worthy of their hard earned $$”

    Many methods, in fact.

    Konrath mentions GoodReads in that post I linked to and there are others; but, much more needs to be done to help the Reader Population become book promoters on a grand scale–as they always have been on a small scale.

    Of course my book is under a heap of crap, C. M. That’s why I blog, that’s why I make friends in Second Life, that’s why I have discussion groups about issues I’ve raised in my book—it’s called promotion :-)

    You said the window to capture readers is short

    I prefer to call it a valley of opportunity and believe it’s just as long as my willingness to tread it………


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