I’ve been reading Secrets To Ebook Publishing Success by Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords.com. It has great information in it; one point he stresses is that for an indie author to find success a good product is a must. Some advice I’ve come across over and over again also is to write about what you know. I really can’t get behind ‘the write what you know expression’. I don’t think I know anything important that everyone else doesn’t already know. I’m also not trying to write the next ‘Great American Novel’. I’ve said before that I love reading. I will read almost anything and have since I was in elementary school and the assistant librarian taught me to read silently. I read for entertainment; I love reading because it keeps my problems at bay for a while. Reading is fun for me, and that’s the way I approach my writing. I write what I enjoy and hope my stories give some fun and enjoyment to someone else. So that’s the ‘good product’ I strive for something fun and entertaining that provides an escape for anyone needing a little relief from the stress of everyday life.
I read another article today. This one asked if this was the best or worst time to be a writer. The article suggests it’s a good time for the computer savvy writers but a bad time for less technically skilled writers. I personally believe it’s a good time for anyone that really wants to be published. Today if you really want to be an author you can be. You don’t have to be rejected over and over because someone doesn’t feel that they can make a return on their investment. You can turn all the energy you’ve would have used to convince an agent or publisher to accept you, to convincing readers to purchase your work. I personally find it liberating that I can put out a work exactly how I want it and have someone sample or purchase it. It feels wonderful knowing for start to finish that I produced a story someone wanted to read.
Today I read this article, I found the link on the smashwords facebook page. At the end of the article they were discussing authors and readers interacting during the writing process. I personally don’t like the idea. As a reader I don’t want to be involved developing a story. To me the joy of reading is getting swept along by the story and if I knew everything going on there would be no surprise. Personally I wouldn’t want to show anyone my story before I’d finished it. That goes back to why I love reading I guess, showing an unfinished work is ruining the surprise of the story to me. I also wouldn’t want to tell someone what their story should be. Maybe I have applied an interpretation that wasn’t intended but as it stands now I’m not in agreement with such an idea.