I am sure many writers will agree with me that having an online group where you can go and rant, moan, whinge and generally feel sorry for yourself is essential. I can guarantee that if I send in a whiney little moan feeling sorry for myself and my struggles against the tide, ten replies will come back saying they know exactly how I feel and they went through the same thing, yesterday, last year etc.
It really helps to know I’m not being paranoid and that my name doesn’t come up next to a flashing red light on any agent’s desk. Or does it? Just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you!
This week, the fascinating, interesting women authors and readers who make up Ginger Simpson’s Group has been lamenting on how hard it is to make any kind of living writing books for inde publishers which are distributed online as e-books or POD paperbacks. This is where many writers start, and where lots of us remain for our entire career. It seems we all have that wish to jump from the inde side to the mainstream publishers.
Then again, and it came out in some of the responses to the threads – is that really what we want? For those who want/need to make a respectable living at writing, of course their best route is to be taken on by a mainstream publisher who will spend money promoting their work, making sure their name is recognised and giving them a public profile.
Cheryl Wright also had some interesting things to say about how to make money writing non-fiction books. She even has some information on her website as to how to go about it!
Some of us, however, quite like having a friendly, pleasant to work with e-publisher who, when you send them a novel you chose to write say, ‘Sure, we’ll publish that'. Whether you create a trailer, a blog, jump on the blog review bandwagon and do featured author days is largely up to you, although most writers do this if they want to get their book read.
And the point of this blog post? Very much what the group is for really, to throw my dolly out of the pram and yell, ‘It ain’t fair!’ then go back to doing what I have to do because it’s just me – write, and try and get someone to like what I write.