Sunday, December 19, 2010

Being A Published Author

Conventional publishing or self-publishing:


Why not?

If and when I ever finish this dad-blamed novel, I will most probably be too old and senile (and cantankerously unpleasant) to go through all the myriad machinations and foolish fol-de-rol of submitting it first to a series of author's agents, or failing that, mailing it off to the corporate owned publishing houses, all in the vain hope that someone (some editor) will read it and like it sufficiently to convince the bosses to have it printed and marketed to the general public. Which, after acceptance of the manuscript, will take a matter of years before its appearance in retail bookstores. Where it will probably sit gathering dust.

But I am not too old to take advantage of the self-publishing industry, such as the Print On Demand process. It will cost me an initial outlay of cash, but the end result will probably be the same, but coming into fruition within a single year instead of many. And I will have a printed book that I can hold in my hand and pass out to family members, friends, an others of those who might care about such things.

Something to think about.


I have been reading some of the words of the late...

William F. Buckley, Jr.

Here is an excerpt from something he wrote for National Review, circa 1955 --

A: It is the job of centralized government (in peacetime) to protect its citizens’ lives, liberty and property. All other activities of government tend to diminish freedom and hamper progress. The growth of government(the dominant social feature of this century) must be fought relentlessly. In this great social conflict of the era, we are, without reservations, on the libertarian side.

D: The largest cultural menace in America is the conformity of the intellectual cliques which, in education as well as the arts, are out to impose upon the nation their modish fads and fallacies, and have nearly succeeded in doing so. In this cultural issue, we are, without reservations, on the side of excellence (rather than “newness”) and of honest intellectual combat (rather than conformity).
--William F. Buckley, Jr.
From: National Review Mission Statement


Word Of The Day:

ontology The philosophical study of existence and the nature of being.

That says it all... right?

No, it does not... not by the hair on my chinny-chin-chin... If you'd like to delve into ontology to a greater degree, you might start with what Wikipedia has to say about it. But I wouldn't advise it, unless you are retired and have a wealth of free time on your hands. Wiki will undoubtedly confuse the reader and invite further research into philosophical questions that will only serve to further confuse and eventually drive men (and women) mad.

One might as well ask:


"A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one."
--Poor Richard's Almanac

1 comment:

  1. Gene, I attended a local writers conference back in September 2010. The keynote speaker was at the time a literary agent for a major publishing house. This man told a sizable audience that, yes, the traditional publishing industry is alive and well even as it's been changed by online technologies, including POD. A couple of months after this conference, this same man resigned from his post as agent. He's now writing his 2nd book, and I suspect that he will consider POD.

    As well, about six weeks ago I attended a presentation given by a local author (I was there in order to photograph the event and write a follow-up article). This author, several times published in the distant past, and a successful television script writer, published his last two books as POD.

    The world has changed.

    P.S. I had to edit this comment, because I wanted to tell you and your other readers that the first Word Verification thingy I received was "orshole." Was the machine talking to me?