Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Is Publishing Sad to You These Days?
As is this man's style, the words are beautiful. They touch you, try to make a lump rise in your throat. Yes, we are moving on to a new era in publishing history. We don't quite understand what it is yet, but we feel ourselves balancing on the edge of . . . something different.
We are thumbing our noses at publishers. Self-published authors stand at arms en masse, telling publishing houses to shove it. If a traditional author speaks highly of traditional publishing, he is called an elitest. I hate to say it, but it's become cool to be common. Yet all the commoners complain that they haven't risen to become elitest, but somehow it's someone else's fault.
I read list groups, blogs and forums where so many people are bashing ebooks, editors, agents, traditional publishing, self-publishing, Apple or Kindle, depending on which you own and aren't able to shell out the bucks to really compare the two. So much criticism. So many excuses. So many people claiming they know the right way, the best way, the most opportunistic way to publish and be an author. So many scams.
Sorry, but guess Mr. Keillor made me stop and think, and those thoughts brought me down. Authors have become used car salesmen these days. And I'm just tired of all the screaming, condemnation and promises that any story is a bestseller or award winner . . . based on somebody's scale.
What happened to the days when authors were quiet people who kept to themselves empowered with volumes of patience, and took their time to just write a damn good story? Why the mad rush? Since when did writers become part of a mob, demanding to have a book on the shelf?
I wish each of us could slow down and carefully construct that one excellent tale that becomes a legacy. Imagine the phenomenal stories we'd read if we each had only one chance to do it right. Then it wouldn't matter how it was published. We'd have more respect and admiration for the author knowing it was his one message to the world, brimming over with the best he had to offer.