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Words About Words

In response to the ‘traditional or self-publishing’ arguments that are going around lately, I have been hearing quite a few writers saying that they want a publisher because they don’t want to have to spend their writing time doing all the editing, cover design and promoting. It sounds a reasonable enough argument, except that it appears to be based on some unrealistic expectations.

I’m going to skip over the issue of merely getting a publisher in the first place, because we all know how absurdly difficult that is. Instead I want to attack the fallacy of thinking we can get around having to take responsibility for the success of our own books.

Thousands of books are published every week. Many of them sell fewer than 1000 copies. As a result, many first-time authors never get a second book in print. If traditional publishing is so damn good at marketing books…

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Author: carolyninjoy

I’m a happily married, retired mother of two adults & grandmother of four children. Adjusted at last to my move from WA state & all the green trees & abundant moisture to a different beauty of desert mountains in AZ. The winters in the Mojave Desert are bliss, the 127 degree summers are a test. It is a climate change for sure. I’ve learned to bloom where I’m planted. I must remember, plants have roots, people have legs & to use mine! I am an avid reader of almost all genres & usually have a baker’s dozen books being read at the same time. I craft greeting cards & enjoy sharing my creativity with family & friends. I also surf the internet looking for artists, photographs, quotes, etc. for my Joy is a Choice! Choose Joy Moment by Moment webpage. http://www.facebook.com/Joyisachoice I also make online jigsaw puzzles. http://www.facebook.com/Injoyspuzzlesforfun I'm a voracious reader & have started a book review page on facebook. I now have the freedom to read all night long, should I so choose & don't suffer the repercussions since I can nap the following day. It's the best time of my life. The link for InJoyful Book Reviews is: http://www.facebook.com/InJoyfulBookReviews

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