This reblog is certainly not the most encouraging piece I’ve read on writing and publishing. Ultimately, I think it depends on how you look at your writing career, whether you see the glass as half full or half empty. There is definitely a place for realistic expectations. Even though my memoir is not scheduled to be published until spring 2016, I’m glad that Dylan shared this dose of reality before I stepped off the curb. What do you think?
One of the hardest thing to watch on social media is an author, usually a debut author, getting excited about their upcoming book launch and knowing they are about to get hit around the head with a hard dose of reality.
They’ve done the right things, built up a twitter or Facebook following, blogged about the book, sent copies out for review, told all their friends about the upcoming launch, pulled together a promo video and graphic, maybe taken out some adverts. The first few days after launch are filled with excited tweets, mentions of early positive reviews and chart rankings. Then, after a few days, maybe a few weeks, the positive tweets stop and an air of desperation sets in as the reality of life as an indie author hits home.
Part of the problem is that the authors most vocal on social media are those that have already seen self-publishing…
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