Wednesday, October 27, 2010

What Sells Books?

The world of writing/publishing is changing to say the least. It's an intersting time to be involved with the literary industry. It's been kind of a bumpy road for all of us (hmmm--more like a roller coaster ride) as major publishing houses try and figure out how they can stay afloat and also stay with the times. People are self-publishing at a rate like never before because with the access we have with The Internet--it's easy and many times free. There are small publishing houses popping up all over the place too--many of them with new and innovative ideas and many of them not so much.

I'm not going to lie. It's hard work to be a writer/author.It's like anything in life that is worthwhile--you gotta work at it. A mid-list author doesn't exactly get the pats on the back and the kudos, and yet he/she works just as hard as the big bestselling authors (I think so anyway because I am one and I know a few others like myself). Honestly, when you take a good look at the world of writing and how success is achieved there is no real rhyme or reason to it. Yes--writing a good book is the number one key. But even good books sit on the book store shelves until they are eventually sent back to the publisher. It's a sad fact, but a fact. What can be done to change that? I'm not sure. I have not found the answer, but if I do, I shall let you know. I truly think "the stars" have something to do with it. Not to get all hoodoo voodoo on you (that I'm saving for my new mystery series--Delebs), but what I am saying is that I think a little lining up with The Universe, stars, good luck fairy, pixie--whatever you want to call it has a role in this whole thing.

And a bit of tenacity and savvy always helps. I feel fortunate that I am able to continue working as a writer and moving forward in my career. I enjoy what I do. I actually Love what I do. Writing is my creative outlet (besides cooking). It allows me to create worlds and escape in them. I get to be in control (HA Ha--a maniachal voice is now playing inside my head) of those worlds, characters, settings--what people say to people (you know the kinds of things you wish you could say but never do).

So, as publishing changes, as a writer/business person I have to make some moves with it. However, fundamentally as a Writer, I don't have to make any real changes. I just have to keep on writing. That is the only key I know to really succeeding at this crazy business. Keep on keeping on or write on writing on. For anyone who needs some encouragement to get that book inside of them "puked" out (I know it's a gross visual, but it's my word for getting the first draft out and I am sticking with it), remember that November is National Novel Writing Month. Their website offers so many great tools and ideas in helping writers move forward with their writing. It is an extremely supportive community and if you've never participated in National Novel Writing Month then maybe this year is the time to do so. What do you have to lose? Visit their site at

Okay, now for anyone who has missed the Free Kindle or Nook opportunity contest, are you crazy? Scroll down, read how to enter and get on with it. :)

I'd love to know your thoughts on publishing, National Novel Writing Month, the crazy weather patterns, Lady Gaga (not really), Katy Perry and Russell Brand's Indian wedding (this I do really want to know your thoughts on), why 4th grade math homework is really impossible these days, and of course any recipes you want to share. Oh hell--write anything (as long as it's nice. I like nice things. Or at least humorous--JP better read this and respond with one of her quips).

That's all I got for now. It isn't much--just a little food for fodder.


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