Hello readers! This time I’ve got a video for you about the publishing process. The guy talking is George Wier, author of the Bill Travis Mysteries.
I think this topic is interesting in that there are a lot of ways you can approach it, yet the conclusions you can reach at the end are actually few in number. Wier makes the point that the “traditional publishing route” is extrememly hard and long, but it’s the “normal” way, and it’s the established/proven/”safe” way. What I mean by “safe” is that you know you’re doing someting right when you try getting published that way because (to continue the analogy) it’s a well-traveled path – lots of people had tried it and failed, and a few have tried it and succeeded. The facts say that the chances are stacked agaist you whether you’re a genious writer like Terry Goodkind, or just someone trying to make their living as a writer by putting in their very first novel for publication (i.e. someone like future-me…).
And yet, who’s to stop you? I mean, Wier talks about two other approaches to publishing (but leaves out the whole idea of self-publinshing…), but what’s wrong with simply having hope and trying your best? Yes, yes – *sigh* – I know I’m sounding very naive right now, but what’s wrong with makeing a plan for your life based on the future success you think you can acheive? I know this post is starting to sound more like a pep-talk now, but I think this needs to be said: there may be facts. There may be odds. There may even be – wait for it – opposition! But why should that discourage you (I mean, us) from doing things the way we can and want to do them?
I happen to be one of those people who thinks that if you want to succeed at something, you should educate yourself as best you can and then try to do your best to succeed in that endeavor by and means that are available until you do succeed. In this case (in my case), that means trying the established ways first, and then, if those established ways prove to fail, the less conventional ways.
In other words, if I want to be a successful, published author, I should get myself as prepared and trained as possible and then try to get myself published through the ordinary, traditional way first. If that doesn’t work, then I’ll try other means, working my way through my list of options until I find one that works.
What I’m trying to say is, if you want to do something, TRY IT before you get discouraged. Don’t freak out from the first moment you hear the oppostion and odds… That’s just a recipe for failure – in fact, doing that gets you a day or two’s travel down that road already. I think that is what we can learn from this video more than anything else.