Friday, February 10, 2012

The Weird, Wild World of Publishing

Most writers start out have very little knowledge of how publishing actually works. Literary agents, query letters, and contract negotiations are not even a consideration for the majority of people starting to write a book. And that’s probably a good thing. It’s really easy to get caught up in all the technical aspects of publishing and waste , er use, hours of time trying to understand it all.

Publishing is changing at the speed of light and everyday something new comes along. There are so many options for authors right now (great,right? Right??) that just about anyone can find a way to get their words out into the world. But figuring out the right way to do it can be overwhelming. Self publishing, legacy publishing, and small press publishing and even Amazon publishing can all be great options for different people.

So how do you decide which is right for you?

Well, there's one secret I’ve figured out over the last few years. Sometimes you have to just follow your gut. If you take the time to listen, your brain will often tell you where you should be going, and what options are worth pursuing. If you spend too much time overanalyzing information, you will get lost. Learn to understand and follow your instincts. They will rarely lead you in the wrong direction.

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