Being The Boss – Controlling Our Own Destiny. Gerry McCullough Takes Charge.

Day Thirteen

One of the things I love about writing this blog is the serendipitous manner in which the final posts come together.

Not that serendipitous is a word I usually throw about in polite company, of course. Five syllable locutions are generally best avoided, but we’re all writers here. Words are our tools. And one of my favourite words is the noun serendipity.

ser·en·dip·i·ty/ˌserənˈdipitē/

Noun: The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way: “a fortunate stroke of serendipity”

Because that pretty much sums up the way my posts come about.

Gerry McCullough

Take today’s guest in the green room, Gerry McCullough. I invited her to join us to talk about female characters as part of the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun blogfest. Gerry has  a great review site where she talks with undiluted affection of the books she loves to read. Highly recommended.

But she wrote her MWi post several weeks ago, the subject: Being The Boss, and right up until this morning I had no idea how I would intro’ it. Me? Plan ahead?  Never!

But I have faith in serendipity. I just knew it would all fall into place.

According to Wikipedia serendipity first appeared in the English language on 28 January 1754. Of course that’s the kind of precision that makes you wonder if this is a wiki-wind-up. But in this case it seems genuine. Horace Walpole was apparently commenting on a Persian fairy-tale, The Three Princes of Serendip, where said Princes “were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of”.

Saffi and I are currently immersed in fairy tales as our new series of crime thrillers gears up for launch (Rose Red Book 1: Snow White – available from end July!), and we unquestionably write in serendipitous fashion, letting the story take us where it will, and savouring the discovery of plots, storylines and characters we were not in quest of.

Some people call it “pantsing”, or “writing by the seat of their pants.” How lovely on these occasions to be British and look with disdain on what the Americans are doing  to our once beautiful language. 🙂  Serendipitous is a far better description!

However you call it, it’s not for everyone, of course. Some writers like to plot every last detail in advance, before writing the first word. Which are you?

Rachel Hauck

There are no right and wrong ways. Write however you feel most comfortable. For those interested, Rachel Hauck has a guest post over at Rachelle Gardner’s blog, on rules of writing and advance planning. Interesting, but defintely not for us!

What counts, at the end of the day, is if the reader likes it.

Which is not something I could have said a year ago. A year ago what counted was if the gatekeepers liked it. If you didn’t meet with their approval the readers would never get the option.

Gerry’s guest post today is about girls / women being the boss. Taking control of their lives. In her post Gerry says,

Pretending to be something you are not, in order to win the approval of the other sex, can’t be a good thing. And yet for centuries that has been how women have been encouraged, indeed in many cases forced, to behave.

Couldn’t agree more, Gerry. But if I may plunder your paragraph:

Pretending to be something you are not, in order to win the approval of the gatekeepers, can’t be a good thing. And yet for centuries that has been how writers have been encouraged, indeed in many cases forced, to behave.

At the moment we are all so wrapped up in the economics of the e-pub revolution that the wider picture is being overlooked.

E-pub is not just handing writers control over their economic destiny, by allowing them to reach their reader direct. It’s handing them the freedom to be writers. To write what they believe needs to be written, not what the gatekeepers think will make a fast buck.

And as the indie movement grows in confidence and takes control of its destiny I predict a renaissance in literature like we have never known. The new world of publishing won’t just be different from what it is now. It will be far, far better. Writers can once again be artists.

E-pub allows us to take control of our destiny.

Lexi Revellian, who has sold 30,000 ebooks with no help from the gatekeepers, ran a great post recently entitled You Don’t Need Permission. This from Lexi:

Lexi Revellian

What I want to say in big letters is, YOU DON’T NEED PERMISSION. Just a good book, because validation can only be given by readers: not agents, editors or marketing departments.

Konrad Lorenz tells a story about the geese he kept. Each morning he would open the gate to the small compound where they spent the night to allow them to roam freely during the day. One morning, he saw from his window he’d forgotten to close the gate the night before, so he didn’t need to open it. A while later, he noticed the geese were still in their compound, making dissatisfied noises. The gate was open, but they would not go through it until he went over, shut it, and opened it again with a flourish. This ceremony over, they went off to forage.

Don’t be like those geese. Agents and publishers are losing some of their power. They are becoming aware of this, and so should we be.

That’s not to say us indies can just dispense with the gatekeepers’ services. No question they have their uses, especially now, when the paper market is still significant.  And it’s certainly not an “us and them” battle.

At this stage in the Transition (note the capital – this is  major historical event taking place. Let’s give it full recognition) both e-pub and p-pub are options. There is still a paper market out there and no question the old-model experts are still best placed to handle that. So yes, agents and publishers still have an important role to play for a while yet.

Saffi and I currently in discussion with a major NY agency. We’re not obsessive about being “indies”. But we have had to make clear that we’d appreciate their partnership to reach the paper market. We fully understand we will never get our book distributed in the major bricks and mortar stores without the gatekeepers’ help. They have the monopoly. They control that domain.

But we neither want nor need them to reach the e-market, and certainly have no intention of letting them take money for doing what we are managing to do fine without them.

Our experience with agents so far is that, with the best will in the world, they know sweet Fanny Adams about why e-publishing is a revolution, not just a technological adjustment, and they are far too blinkered by their old-world view to ever grasp it fully.

Which is why I worry about “indie gurus” like Joe Konrath. As I wrote in the comments over at Scott Nicholson’s,

Joe Konrath

It seems far too many “new” writers are looking to Konrath as some sort of guru with all the answers, but Konrath has a foot in both camps, and is in a position to take the best from both.

Konrath’s choices may well be ideally suited to his circumstances as an established author with a backlist and both paper and ebooks bringing in money.

But much of what he says does not apply to the “new” writer at the bottom of the ladder. They would do well to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.

The Konrath model works for Konrath because of where he is. Check out Scott Nicholson’s post in full for a fine explanation of why Konrath’s keen promotion of estributors may well be a backward step for most of us.

This little snippet to give you a taster:

I just don’t see why agents should be considered ideal candidates for this task. What is an agent’s current job and experience? To assess a manuscript and find a market.

Scott Nicholson

In self-publishing, they do neither. Their assessment skills have zero value in self-publishing. Right now they assess with one measure: can I sell this to one of the few dozen editors in New York? Self-publishing requires no assessment, unless the agent says, “Whoa, this is crap, you can’t publish this!” And who is going to lose their 15 percent to be that blunt? The agent’s second role and experience is also rendered useless. The market is already there, and it’s the millions of readers owning electronic devices or ordering print-on-demand books.

And as Gerry McCullough herself wrote a few days ago in the comments here at MWi,

I’m not sure what an agent can do for anyone who is already self-published. Or does everyone secretly want to be taken on by a ‘real’ publisher? An agent is certainly needed for that.
If eBooks and self-publishing are really the way of the future, surely agents are definitely a thing of the past? You mention some things they can do for us, Mark, but I can’t see that any of these are things writers can’t do themselves.

Absolutely. As above, while paper is still there the old gatekeepers have a role. But in the new world the gatekeepers are definitely expendable.

E-pub isn’t just about writers making money. It’s not even mainly about that. It’s about writers taking control. About being the boss.

Speaking of which, here’s Gerry with her original post by that title. And I have to say, Gerry, you’ve surpassed yourself this time. I thought I was the only person on the planet who had read Evadne Price’s Jane! Can’t wait until these are e-published.

Girls Just Want to Have Fun – and there’s no fun like being the Boss!

Evadne Price

You’ve probably never heard of Jane Turpin, the heroine of Evadne Price’s Jane series – female equivalent of William, in Richmal Crompton’s Just William books. I don’t know why ‘Jane’ was less successful than ‘William’ – to my mind, the books are at least as clever and funny as the William books if not more so. The social setting has similarities to the Mapp and Lucia books of E.F.Benson, and doesn’t lose by the comparison.

Jane is ten in the series, which is set just before the Second World War. There’s something good about being pre-puberty. You don’t care what boys think of you, and you can be yourself. Jane was the perfect tomboy. With her two friends/followers, Pug (Percival) Washington and Chaw (short for Charles) Dalton-Smith, she ran wild, leading her henchmen into mischief repeatedly. Her snobby socialite mother and her elder sister Marjorie (‘Marge’ to Jane) constantly tried to control her, but her father, although usually prepared to exercise discipline, was often secretly on Jane’s side. 

The books have a host of adult characters drawn with wit and irony who suffer from Jane’s activities.  The Turpins’ gardener, for instance, Arnie, in a communistic mood, tips all the new spring bulbs he’s supposed to be planting into the rubbish heap, and is filmed by Jane with someone’s new cine camera, with very funny results.

I read Jane avidly when I was about her own age, and whether I was influenced by her or not, I in turn bossed my young friends, both male and female. It was only after reaching the crucial teens that the dreaded shyness and the desire to be thought attractive overtook me. Now the wheel has come full circle. As an adult, past the courtship/child-rearing stage, I can be myself again, and the bossiness is re-emerging!

About the same time I was enjoying Jane, another Jane caught my attention – Calamity Jane. A film, not a book, but another tomboy, a leader, someone who was fully herself – until love intervened. Calamity Jane was another role model for me. But she cleaned up her act and dressed more attractively, in order to get her man in the end – so what does that say?

Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet

Then there’s Elizabeth Bennett. (I first read Pride and Prejudice, borrowing it from my sister’s pile of schoolbooks and reading it eagerly when I was supposed to be asleep, at much the same age.) Elizabeth, living in a society where women were supposed to win a livelihood for themselves by marrying a well-off man, had the guts to spurn Mr Darcy, a millionaire by today’s standards, because in his pride and arrogance he proposed to her on the assumption that she would accept in spite of his extreme rudeness. I cheered when she told Darcy where to get off, and even more when she treated Lady Catherine De Burgh to similar home truths. Elizabeth chose to be herself. And in her case, she got her man in spite of it. But Darcy already admired Elizabeth for her ‘fine eyes.’ Admiration for her character came later.

Jane Turpin was blue-eyed with fair curly hair. In one – only one – of the stories, she makes use of this prettiness to get her own way, winning the approval of a new arrival in the neighbourhood who has stolen her position as leader, by appearing at a party dressed to look her most attractive. (By her mother’s insistence, incidentally, not Jane’s own.) So is it true that a girl needs to do more than just be herself? If she wants to be loved as well as to be the boss, does she need to rely on her looks, as it sometimes seems?

This is, I suppose, the real life experience of women writers.  But what is the male writer’s view? When I met Esme Weatherwax, Granny Weatherwax, in Terry Pratchett’s marvellous books, at a rather later stage in my life, and admired her at least as much as my earlier models, I noticed that Esme made no attempt to use her female charms to win appreciation from men. Even in Equal Rites, her first appearance, it’s her own tough, bossy nature which wins her the admiration of Archchancellor Cutangle.  And in Lords and Ladies, where she is fully herself, there is a great line, which anyone who is at all clever, not just women, can relate to, ‘there’s a certain glint in her eye generally possessed by those people who have found that they are more intelligent than most people around them but who haven’t yet learned that one of the most intelligent things they can do is prevent said people ever finding this out.’  Esme Weatherwax is a strong, unbeatable character. Mustram Ridcully is still in love with her because of her strength, not in spite of it. My admiration for her never ceases. In Witches Abroad, when the usually shrinking Magret is hypnotised into acting with confidence, ‘The tiny inner Magret struggling to keep its balance on the surge of arrogant self-confidence wondered if this was how Granny Weatherwax felt all the time.’ Yes, apparently it is.

I wonder if I like these characters because I want to be like them, or because I am already like them? Is it that I want to be myself, and am encouraged in this by Jane, Elizabeth and Granny, to say nothing of Flora Poste, Nancy from Swallows and Amazons, Jo March from Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, and others too numerous to mention?  Or do I enjoy their bossiness because it excuses me, because I’m quite aware that this is already my nature?

(Answers on a plain postcard, please. Or maybe not.)

I think myself that the example of these girls and women is an excellent one. Pretending to be something you are not, in order to win the approval of the other sex, can’t be a good thing. And yet for centuries that has been how women have been encouraged, indeed in many cases forced, to behave.

Maybe ‘yourself’ isn’t perfect. Maybe you need to make a few changes – be more caring, more considerate. But to recognise this, you probably need to stop pretending to be someone you are not – and learn to be real, for a start. You can see where it goes from there!

Wonderful stuff, Gerry.

Gerry’s book review blog can be found on the link earlier in the post. There you’ll also find links to her own book, the highly acclaimed Belfast Girls (top 100 Women’s Literary fiction on Kindle UK!).

So how about you? Which fictional characters or real people inspired you to take control of your destiny? Or are you happy not being the boss and letting others make the decisions?

I leave you with this image from one of my all-time favourite films, Dead Poets Society.

Carpe diem! Make your lives extraordinary!

 

 

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  1. Best of luck with your new site, Gerry! I’m sure it will be hugely successful.

    Mark and Saffi, all the best to you both with the new book. You’ve got one fandamtastic cover there. A real eye-grabber. I look forward to watching its progress.

    • Thanks Tom.

      Gerry’s site is well worth a visit. As you see from this post she’s a voracious reader and stores the details away, even from childhood reading. Wonderful stuff.

  2. I love this article! A lot of my friends are in the “I’m not pretty enough, I’m not this, I’m not that, nobody wants me because I’m not blabla” stage, and for some reason I found I’ve avoided it. I like to think it’s because there are stories like the ones you’ve described out there that have shown me that women can be just as successful without needing to glam up and bat their eyelashes.

    Great post! 😀

    • Ms Spook, for those not familar and so mystifed, is just sixteen, hence the company she keeps!

      And she’s also one of two teen writers who will be regularly guesting here at MWi (next post by Ms Spook second week in July) to remind us old folk that we’d best enjoy the new epub world while we can. Because the next generation will soon be taking over.

  3. Great post Mark and Gerry. Really enjoyed it, as usual. Always a great read when I come to this website. Good luck with your negotiations, Mark and Saffi!
    I’ve said it before, and I will say it again – there has never been a better time to be a writer. Or a woman. 😉

  4. Thank you Gerry–someone finally referenced Granny Weatherwax in a lineup of great literary characters! I love strong women, stories about them, stories about women becoming strong women, etc. To me Esme is probably Terry Pratchett’s greatest character.

  5. I agree with Cheryl above that this is a great time to be a writer and/or a woman. The stranglehold of corporate culture has become so oppressive that it is breaking up and fragmenting. (It isn’t only Arabs who have been experiencing spring.)

    People are moving to the fringes and forming new cultural groups that may eventually be larger and more powerful than what remains at the center, held together by nothing but habit and corporate greed.

    I think most agents still can tell a good book from a bad one, but they will often choose the bad one if it’s “what publishers are looking for.” What they’re usually looking for is that mass-appeal Thomas Kinkade painter rather than the next Picasso.

    In the indie world, the next Picasso will be throwing in his lot with 10s of thousands of third-graders’ crayon drawings and grandma’s paintings of Elvis on velvet, but we have to hope the marketpace will separate out the good stuff.

    • You’re right that social media is bringing power to more than just us writers, and no question the stranglehold on corporate culture has finally been broken.

      The marketplace has done pretty well in the music industry in expanding to accommodate all-comers and letting consumers make their own choices. it certainly hasn’t harmed the “quality” music industry. Quite the opposite. Classical and other haute culture genres have been given a huge boost.

      In writing, similarly, we’ll see a renaissance in niche writing like poetry, much of which was previously economically unviable.

      I’m guessing we will see the end of the uber-seller giants like Patterson and King as readers find new choice, and competitive prices that justify taking
      risks with new authors.

      No doubt there will be grandma’s Elvis on velvet out there somewhere, but the cyberspace bookstore is infinite. Let the grandkids humour her. Unless it’s something special or is the subject of a deliberate hype campaign it won’t attract the reviews or the social-media attention to ever be a worry to us as readers, or a concern to us as writers.

    • Miriam
    • July 3rd, 2011

    Yay for Granny Weatherwax reference! Just read Lords and Ladies about a month ago; hilarious, as usual.

    Also, I LOVED Nancy from Swallows and Amazons. I WAS her for quite a while. And Anne of Green Gables, well, I resisted reading it for ages – don’t know why – and when I did I loved it. I’m so stubborn sometimes.

    • Oh no! Another Pratchett fan!

      Nancy Blackett was of course wonderful. Ransome knew how to do tough girls!

      Maybe it was the wishy-washy covers on Anne of Green Gables that put you off? They certainly did me. I think it sat on my sister’s shelf for over a year before I finally gave Anne a try.

  6. Fantastic post! (I totally want to be Granny Weatherwax when I grow up. lol)

    As for writing… I half plan and half write by the seat of my pants. With serendipitous results. 😉

    The idea of estributors gives me hives. It feels all wrong. I’m a total newbie, I admit, but it does seem… backward. Why do that when I can do most things myself and hire (fairly inexpensively) the work done that I can’t? And, as you say, there is still a certain place for agents. Not sure for how much longer, but for now… I just love that I can write what I want, control what my cover looks like, decide how I want to present it to the world. In other words? I’m the boss of me!
    🙂

    I haven’t heard of most of the books Gerry mentioned. I can say that as I child I was very outgoing, bossy, precocious. I had very little fear of what anyone thought and I lived accordingly.

    And then came puberty and boys are horrible, bullying classmates. Along with it came shyness and fear and hiding my true self away. It’s taken me quite a few years, but now in my late 30s I feel like I’ve woken up. I am still a natural introvert, believe it or not. But I am not naturally shy. That’s just fear talking and I like giving fear a Ninja Junk Punch. I no longer try to pretend to be something I’m not for the benefit of anyone, most especially the opposite sex. What’s the point?

    There is a great freedom in knowing oneself. And an even greater freedom in embracing it.

    • And another Pratchett fan? Help!

      As I write this news is just breaking that JK Rowling has dumped her agent. True she still has someone nominally in that role, but he appears to be assuming the role of manager rather than agent now.

      Yet another nail in the coffin of the Old Model.

      “There is a great freedom in knowing oneself. And an even greater freedom in embracing it.”

      Beautifully said. And especially true of writers. Bring on the New Renaissance!

      • I’m thinking IP lawyers and business managers are going to be the wave of the future for a lot of writers. Just my luck I recently starting dating an IP lawyer. 😉 It wasn’t deliberate. HONEST! haha

        Bring on the New Renaissance, indeed!

  7. Another great post (Gerry) – and yes, it is a great time to be a girl! As always, Mark knows who the real boss is 😉

    As Mark has already explained, luckily, we are BOTH pantsers – big time! I have never been any good at planning, it just isn’t me. It scares me to death to think that someone might make me actually plot and structure a book before writing it. Ugh!

    As for serendipity, I think Mark and my meeting and ending up writing together is a perfect example!

    There’s been so many great, strong female characters mentioned in this post already but I’d like to throw a couple more in: I love George from The Famous Five and my all time tough girl, Scout in To Kill a mockingbird.

    It didn’t take much persuading for me to convince Mark that the star of The Rose Red crime thriller series had to be a gal, like I said, he knows who’s boss! 😉

    Saffi

    • Saffi’s right that the star of the Rose Red series is a girl, but not the kick-ass DI Cassandra “Red” Rose of the title as my co-author thinks.

      In any book I’m involved with the true stars are the children, and ilittle Tues’ – only three but as tough as a girl can be – gets to open and close the wholes series coz she, Ella (11) and Jack (10) are the real stars. The adults are just padding.

  8. Thanks for posting this, Mark, and especially for your marvellous introduction. I’m so pleased that you’d read and enjoyed the Jane books – like you, I thought I was the only Jane fan on the planet. Interesting that you’re extended my post to refer to the freedom writers have today with the eBook revolution. It’s amazing how much freedom that really gives us as writers – being able to choose what we write about is the best of all.
    Thanks for your good wishes with the blog, Tom. Reminds me that I’m due another post.
    Good to have some other Pratchett fans comment, George and Miriam and Shea. He has so many great characters. The first book I read was about Mort, and I loved him, and Terry, straightaway – but Granny Weatherwax is certainly by grade one favourite. You really must give him another try, Mark!
    I’m excited by the comments of Anne and Cheryl, also. I think the eBook revolution is on a par with the introduction of printing, which for the first time changed reading and owning books from a rich man’s luxury into something many people could enjoy. The introduction of paperbacks and universal education in the late 19th century made this pleasure even more widespread. Now, the removal of the stranglehold of major publishers on books is another giant step forward.

    • The artistic freedom e-publishing brings is one I’ll be returning to in the near future. Whereas cheap paperbacks brought fiction to the masses, the choice of reading was still controlled by the gatekeepers.

      Back then the so called pulp-fiction writers were derided and ridiculed for both their quality of production and their literary value. The traditional gatekeepers didn’t want to know – until they saw pulp fiction making money. then it suddenly acquired a whole new appeal.

      The New Renaissance will bring us not just new writers, but new forms of writing, new genres and new rewards as readers.

  9. Great post, Gerry, and lovely to see you here.

    Mark, as you know I’m one of those obstreperous and annoying people who *is* indie on principle and would rather chew nails than have a publisher. As such it has always bothered me the way people suck up to Konrath – for the reasons you quote but also because as an indie it bothers me to see other indies having gurus at all, certainly marketing-wise. For me being indie has always been about being in control of my art. We are seeing more and successes from people who are indie in a marketing sense. That’s great, but the two need to be kept separate (as I’ve argued in many places). I don’t share Anne’s optimism about art rising to the top. I *do* think epublishing allows us all potentially to find our readers, and that’s what’s really fantastic about it. I don’t think people should go in with expectations that aren’t realistic for the kind if books they write, though. That said, what we can do now that publishing with its insistence on putting out what’s known to sell couldn’t is prove completely new markets – find readers who just weren’t there for books before. But common sense tells us that we will need to look beyond the regular places for them.

    • You, obstreperous? Who would even think such a thing? 🙂

      On Konrath, I have to say he’s just ran a GREAT post today – http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2011/07/tsunami-of-crap.html – which deals some serious blows to the purveyors of the “tsunami of crap” argument.

      Most annoying, because I was going to write a post on same after the weekend. Not sure he’s right to single out legacy writers for blame – I’d say agents and publishers are the main culprits – but this is a post everyone should read.

      Your point about keeping separate successful indie marketing and art is a good one. Maybe you could come back and explore that fully with us here on MWi some time.

      Because I’m co-author of what has (quite unexpectedly) proven a commercially lucrative indie ebook there is an assumption by many that I champion the e-pub Revolution as a way for writers to beat the gatekeepers and make money.

      No question that’s a bonus, but why I champion the e-pub Revolution is because it is giving writers freedom to write outside the narrow confines of the gatekeepers’ profit & loss sheet and return literature to the realm of art.

      • No, I have to admit I find it scary talking to you because you’re a megastar, but one only has to look at your blog to see how much the art and the passion comes first, second, and last for you (there are some wonderful, exciting sites around full of the retro vibrancy of 50s pulp and all about experimentation and excitement, and your site has that feel. I just love it)

        And absolutely Konrath has some great posts. That’s the thing – what matters are great posts not where they’re found. He’s become a little like an indie person’s Nathan Bransford – people have started hanging out commenting there because they want to be seen doing so, which is hipster behaviour of the very worst wannabe kind 🙂

        I would love to post on being “indie for the art” 🙂 There are some utterly extraordinary writers out there (try anything and everything from http://www.philistinepress.com for a start, or KAtelan Foisy & Mike Lala’s stunning Lie & Indite project http://lieandindite.tumblr.com/ ) and it’d be great to show it to people – I think most people who talk about indiedon’t have the first clue how far the spectrum of fabulousness goes – I’d love to give them a glimpse

  10. I love the intro and post and comments. It’s rousing, strengthening, encouraging. I have to say I’m also glad the article linked about rules and prewriting while well written and well received, isn’t as much for me, either, personally, though it’s good it was included here, to be well-rounded. Serendipity is beautiful. I’m going to include this article in my Intro to Fiction class!

  11. Thanks, Dan and Tantra. Yes, being indie is about being in control of our art. Well said, Dan. Finding new readers – well, let’s be optimistic about that – why not?
    Tantra, glad you were encouraged.

  12. I think the lines between “indie” and “traditional” will continue to blur. We will see more and more cooperation and fraternization between both sides as indies are offered contracts and traditional publishers and agents start looking at, and learning from, the ways that many indies publish their books. This nonsense about the publishers and agents being the “bad” guys will fade from memory as we all learn to navigate the new world of publishing and learn to work WITH each other. It is only a matter of time. And everyone will benefit. The reader because there will be even more books to read. The writer because they have more power in their hands than ever before. The publisher because the cost of publishing ebooks is much less than hard copies and they won’t get hit with all of those nasty returns. The agents because bestselling authors are so easy to find now. Just browse the Amazon bestseller list for Kindle. It’s a win/win/win/win. And anyone who is willing to work hard and move with the rapidly changing tide will find their way. Exciting times!

  13. Dan, put something together whenever you have time.

    Cheryl, ever the optimist. 🙂

    But absolutely right. Check out a great blog by Karin Cox in smilar vein:

    http://karincox.wordpress.com/2011/07/01/indie-publishing-perspectives-on-abundance/

    Karin said, “What struck me was the difference in attitude and in altruism between self-published or “indie” authors and traditionally published authors, and how approaching publishing with an attitude of abundance, rather than of paucity, makes a massive difference in author happiness. What I have discovered is that, because anyone can now publish and become an independent author, the mindset and the buzz around self-publishing is largely positive, in contrast with the negativity that has traditionally dogged the trade publishing industry.”

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