I had to post my “sacred” picture straight from Instagram today because Flickr doesn’t seem to be working.
I got my reasonable word count done today, but I messed around on the computer as well and my back wasn’t happy about being in this chair for too long. I’ll need to walk around more this weekend.
I was talking to people on Twitter today about traditional versus self publishing. While I know everyone would like a book deal and the validation that they’re work is good, is it really necessary? I have only ever looked into submitting work as short stories before, so querying for a novel was something I’d only skimmed before. Today I was reading submission guidelines that wanted the query and first two chapters but not to send attachments unless invited to do so. I was told on Twitter that publishing companies are afraid of viruses, so they don’t accept them.
Um…NASA allows attachments in emails. You know how freaking high that security is?
I guess it’s easier for them to skim and not have emails just going straight to the junk folder but, really, if that’s one of the requirements, aren’t we already treading on out dated ground? As Vivian Tuffnell was saying, publishers aren’t necessary anymore. They’re old news because anyone can work hard, get their work ready for an audience, and make money from the sales without begging a publisher to so it for them. She also told me that not all agents are worth the time to even bother with.
What’s nice is the option. Yes, we all would love a publishing deal, a six figure income, a movie deal, etc. Or we can just write and produce the best quality work we can. That’s a huge relief.
Granted their is stigma, and I understand that. I come from a long tradition of literary snobbery and, frankly, some indies I’ve seen look awful. But some aren’t that bad. Plus, if you know for sure that publishers aren’t going to be into your “I’m not Twilight” novel, then is it really worth waiting around for months to get a rejection letter instead of just throwing your book up on Amazon and getting on with the next project? (Yes, I know you can work while waiting on a publisher, but, again, is it really worth it?)
If I really had something that I thought would dazzle an agent, I’d bother, but this project I’m trying to finish is just an odd story, so I’m guessing the first two chapters I cut and paste in my email will be quickly disregarded.
Anyway, it was a good conversation and I like Twitter when issues like this pop up. I like hearing other people’s experiences and viewpoints on the topic.
City of Bones got 13% on Rotten Tomatoes. (Why can’t anyone make a decent movie from a young adult book?)
I tried to watch District Nine but it was way too gory for me. (Steve finally turned it off because it was freaking me out in parts.)
Ben Affleck is Batman and I don’t care. (People complained about Man of Steel already, so what’s the big deal?)
Yes, I had an agent begging for a novel from me, a short story writer, and now that I’m getting close to finishing the novel, I’m reconsidering the very idea of an agent. I think editors are still valuable but now we have Fiverr! Publishers and agents (but not lawyers) have for too long been the trolls for us writing goats to cross the bridge to our potential readers. Their day is done.
I never thought about it before. I had only submitted shirt stories in the past to small magazines and local contests. They make it seem like finding an agent is the ultimate goal, but you’re right; they don’t seem to be at all required.
Let us know what you decide in the end.