In a Publishers Weekly article by Drucilla Ahultz, the author puts forth an interesting tip and that is “to write for yourself.” We’ve all heard the sage advice from publishers and editors at conferences to write what you know, but this is a little different. It’s almost a subset of write what you know because if you write for yourself one could reasonably conclude that you are writing what you know.
However, the main point that I took away from her tip “to write for yourself” is to not get caught up in all the non-writing tasks such as promoting and sales but rather to be pleased with what you write which in turn will help you discover what truly matters to you as a writer. Here’s the link to the article:
I also liked her tip about reviews, reminding us that, “reviews aren’t everything,” a concept that is difficult to reconcile with the online/e-book environment where it seems that reviews are all that matter, especially in rankings at sites where books are sold.
This sentiment “to write for yourself” is echoed in a Charlie Rose interview with Karl Ove Knausgaard, a Norwegian author, who wrote a six volume autobiographical series of books titled My Struggle, with various subtitles for each volume and recently published in the US. The interview is fascinating and worth watching for any writer who understands what it’s like to struggle with their writing and dig deep for material to share with their readers. This interview is not only worth watching but watching again.
Here’s the link to the Charlie Rose interview with Karl Ove Knausgaard:
Another interesting article and one well worth reading for writers, especially Indies, is penned by Jane Friedman, a publishing industry veteran and someone who truly cares about authors. The title of her article is, “Not All Hybrid Publishers Are Created Equal,” and here’s the link:
Ms. Friedman does a great job of cutting through the confusion (as she states it) with all the options that are available to Indie authors and points out that there’s a wide range of business approaches and models to hybrid publishers, and more importantly, how the Indie author has to be aware of these variations to properly evaluate and choose the best hybrid publisher for their needs.
So, there is a lot to chew and reflect on this week. Who knows, maybe that chewing and reflection will end up as a bestseller some day.