This article by Mike Underwood had me completely captivated today. Mostly because it is RIGHT ON with all of the underground details of publishing, both traditional and self.
Main points that had me nodding and saying to myself, “Right on, man!”:
- Definitely go after some sub rights. It’s easy money.
- “Don’t count on the fat Hollywood money.”
- “If you’re an author, the cover is not for you.”
- Several new definitions of book marketing, promotion, publicity and pitching (much nodding of head here)
- “Editors are some of the hardest and longest-working people I know, and they deserve all of the love and appreciation we can give them.” (sniff.)
- Returns are likely to happen.
- “But something that I fear can get lost in the excitement about author publishing is the reality that a lot of writers, myself included, sucked for quite a while before we got good.” (another believer in the 10,000 hours rule)
So read it. NOW. Especially you newbies!