I was sitting at the computer, wondering what on earth I was going to write about, when I recalled an email I’d read earlier. It was about publishing, and the new options available to writers, and that’s what this is about.
For what it’s worth, I’ve always dreamed of getting a contract with one of the big N.Y. publishers and making it big. Unfortunately, to many, that’s always been a pipe dream. Publishing is a difficult business at best and even though it’s us writers who provide the material from which companies earn money, and some of them even getting rich, writers don’t have the biggest part of the earnings.
But that doesn’t mean we have nothing. I, for one, don’t write only for the money. I write because I must, because my life would be much emptier without it. I love my characters, my books, the ones published, finished, not finished, and even those not even thought of yet.
But getting those finished books into the hands of publishers and ultimately out to bookstores, libraries and the like has always been difficult and now, is close to impossible. The big publishers want something that they feel will be an instant big money earner, like those of the well-established and very popular writers. That would be like expecting a kindergartner to be able to take theSATon his or her very first day of school – impossible. Well, I suppose there might be a few manuscripts from unknowns that publishers identify as “the right one.” But, there aren’t many, which leaves the rest of us waiting in the wings for something that might never happen.
But my title refers to A Wonderful World. What do I mean by this? Have I lost it big time? Possibly, but I don’t think so.
We have other options, and still might be able to get our loved manuscript turned into a book available to the public. First, we have the many ebook publishers that sprang up during recent years. Not only do they seem to be flourishing, they also take a chance on the type of stories that are innovative, different, or whatever. And what is great about them is the phenomenal rise of the ebook, which of course prompted readers such as the Nook, Kindle, and everything else. At first, I didn’t exactly love the idea of reading via a reader, but gave in and bought one, and absolutely love it. No matter the word count of the book, but it 50,000 or 150,000 words, the reader remains the same size and doesn’t result in a trip to the doctor after straining muscles carrying books. (I once took more than a dozen books with me when I was going to be in the hospital for a couple weeks. I refused to be without something to read.)
But the newest venue available for writers is such as Smashwords, Pubit, and Amazon, the self-publishing method. While there may be some books out there that are not well-written, the fact remains that this method is available to all writers. We can get our books published, and some of those who have gone that route have even gotten good publishing contracts because of it. However, from what I understand, some writers have even chosen to stay with the self publishing method.
I suppose I would be lying if I said I d rather go self-publishing than one of the big houses. At this point, I have done neither, but, I do know that I can get my beloved characters out there that they won’t lie in a drawer somewhere or under the bed gathering dust.
In short, I believe in making the best of things, in looking for the good. Almost every cloud has a silver lining and I refuse to lose sight of that. If I’m delusional or a fool, I’ll be a happy one. I might add that, as of this writing, I have three books published through an ebook publisher, and am quite happy with that. As far as going the self-publishing route, I do have plans, maybe not for all my books, but at least some. We’ll see what happens.
Joan K. Maze
Writing as J. K. Maze
Murder By Mistake, book 1 in the Mollie Fenwick Mystery Series, available as an ebook from Red Rose Publishing, B&N, Fictionwise and Amazon
Murder By Mistake, book 1 in the Mollie Fenwick Mystery Series, available in paperback from Amazon
Murder For Kicks, book 2 in the Mollie Fenwick Mystery Series, available as an ebook from Red Rose Publishing, Fictionwise and Amazon
Framed In Fear, romantic suspense, available from Red Rose Publishing, Fictionwise and Amazon
Murder By Spook, book 3 in the Mollie Fenwick Mystery Series, in progress
Flight of the Hawk, a shapeshifter paranormal novella written under the name Jaye Leyel.