My word for it is swamp. You struggle with the vines, unseen in the endless murk, hoping to surface enough to catch a ray of sunshine.
Roger Colby, independent author, English teacher, and father of four, uses kinder terminology such as “sea” and “ocean” to describe the glut of books, many of them self-published, hitting the market and making it harder than ever for authors to get noticed.
For an independent author, the book process can quickly grow into a black hole. Energy goes in but nothing comes back. For this reason, I have redefined my goals and taken back the joy of writing, keeping well clear of that black hole’s gravity.
Here is Roger Colby’s wonderful article on The Evolution of Self-Publishing And Why You Should Keep At It:
We write a mediocre novel, give it to beta readers, focus groups, writing groups, and make it better. We take some writing courses, improve our skills, then write something else entirely different. We set our own deadlines. We break our own deadlines. We have to do all of our own publicity unless we pay a lot of money to hire someone.
And then we only sell 10 books in a month.
Let’s face it. Being an indie publisher is really really hard. It seems that every person and their dog, cat and fish are writing a novel these days. The reasons are that everyone thinks that their idea is so great that if they put it in front of a possible audience (or just uploaded it to Kindle) that it would be an instant best seller.
When this game began and…
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