I’m ticked up that most publishing houses only want to publish authors who write formula bestsellers like James Patterson and Douglas Preston. The houses are only willing to sign authors who can sell a million copies not 950,000 copies of a book.
In this climate, great works of literary merit are routinely rejected. I side with Amazon in the Hachette dispute. You can Google Amazon Hatchette dispute to read the story about the legal brawl. In short, Amazon wanted to reduce the price of Hachette books sold on the website. And Hatchette wouldn’t comply so Amazon delayed the shipment by a week or two of every Hachette book sold on the website.
Though Amazon shot dirty pool in doing this I do side with Amazon as opposed to the big publisher.
As a disc jockey on a college radio station in the 1980s, I played bands that were signed to indie record labels. The spirit of this DIY ethic is alive and well in the publishing world today. Defying the conservative, money-grubbing big publishing houses is possible and necessary in today’s literary climate for a lot of authors.
I read between 30 and 35 books every year. Thus I’m confident in my judgment of what makes a book good and what books shouldn’t be published. Plenty of great books have to get self-published because their authors don’t write formula thrillers like James Patterson or Douglas Preston.
Just like rock bands had to sign with indie record labels in the 1980s, a lot of authors today have to sign with independent publishing houses or go totally out on their own to bring out their books.
I will write in the coming weeks about how you can craft your own narrative to tell your story. You might want to get published or you simply might want to write things down for your own review.
Either way, if you have a story in you, you deserve to tell it in your own original way.
Stay tuned for what I think is a great way to start to write the story of your life.