Wading Into Murky Waters
Its raining, it's pouring
The old man is snoring
He went to bed and he bumped his head
And couldn't get up in the morning
-Nursery Rhyme derived from the 1600's
Whilst treading precariously through the daily quagmire that is twitter, I've noticed a recurring theme of late on several posts - 'E-publishing, Self-Publishing, Authors leaving Agents, Publishers leaving out Agents,'mmm pass me the smelling salts dear lady, all this change is making my head spin.
So what is going on? Publishing, we know is undergoing a few wardrobe changes. Ahem, more bloomer switches than a witch on Halloween! Technology and economic pressures are moulding many changes. In fact is it all a lot of fuss and nonsense? Like that nursery rhyme above, which just popped into my head when another post on the changing face of publishing swept by my window today?
Shall we wade through the murkiness together dear friends? I blogged my thoughts on 'e-publishing previously here, the focus was Short Stories but fundamentally my stance could be applied to all novels. E publishing is ultimately another format for delivery. The good news is it provides choice of format to your readers. Self-publishing vs. Traditional Agent-Publisher route...that was the main question until recently, nowadays savvy writers can self-publish and still be picked up by a fabulous Agent and big name Publisher. Are you ready for another twist in the game? Penguin opened its slush pile doors for submissions from unpublished writers for a limited time only, completely bypassing the Agents. I wonder?
Now I'm curious - have you self-published your book and can you share some insights with us?
If you are - like me, standing at the waterside, shaking your head, wondering which options work best - please share your thoughts too. By the time I'm finished with my WIP, I just hope these waters are a lot clearer.
A/N: If you find yourself overwhelmed by change, hum something soothing, an old nursery rhyme...or try this old favourite of mine - 'Wade in the water', the angelic vocals belong to the late Eva Cassidy.