Had lunch today with a friend of mine, Cameron, and we talked about writing. Specifically, we talked about some of my more recent blog posts and my need to get over myself. It was a great chat, and I appreciated the chance to talk shop with a fellow writer.
Cameron’s inviation to lunch came on the same day another good friend of mine, Ashton, called to talk about my recent blog posts. We spent almost fifty minutes on the phone talking about the inherent aspects of writing: the passion that drives one to write, the satisfaction of writing a story you love, the pitfalls of putting your work out for consumption, and the frustrations that come from misplacing your motivations for the craft.
I am blessed to have such good friends. Even if they don’t come bearing six-figure publishing deals. Oh well, they’re witty.
Today, however, I received an email from DigitalBookWorld, and buried inside the standard e-letter was a little nugget about Barnes & Noble’s newest venture, PubIt. I clicked the link and learned that good old B&N was entering into the self-publishing foray with what seems to be a fairly straight-forward platform that converts your manuscript and art into .epub format and lists your work in the B&N eBookstore. I immediately signed up for more information on the project.
And if you are a writer, you should too.
Look, people are gobbling up books via Kindle, Nook, and the new iBooks platform through Apple’s App Store. Traditional publishing is still a highly selective field, with conditions becoming even more difficult for first-time or unknown authors. Even the bigger names have to do a lot of the leg work nowadays for publicity and marketing, with companies less willing to spend huge amounts on promotion (unless you’re Stephen King or Mary Higgins Clark).
So, I’m down with the digital publishing, and look forward to what B&N will bring to the table. And while I’m on the subject, let me announce that my Big Project is nearing completion and will soon be available for FREE through ye 0lde blogge. This corresponds with a shift here on the blog, as you’ve probably noticed in the title and tenor of the last few days. Instead of the unrealistic pressure of producing daily short fiction (my well of imagination is not that deep) I will focus more on matters related to writing/publishing/creativity, with occasional dips into the fiction well. Instead, my original stories and essays will be contained within The Southern Muse digital magazine, with the goal of making it a quarterly-ish literary-esque mag.
What do you think? Am I wrong to espouse the digital publishing route over traditional publication? Am I stupid for wanting to launch my own “vanity” magazine? Do you think the blog has gone steadily downhill and wish for my death?
Also – if you are handy with the pictures, and want to inquire about designing the cover for my Big Project, use the contact form below to shoot me an email with a sample of your work.
Let me hear from you…