I’m pretty new at the publishing game by any successfully published author’s standards. So far, my publishing credits include a number of flash fiction and short stories published in writing e-zines, one short story in a mystery anthology published by Second Wind Publishing, and a novel also published by Second Wind. My contribution to publishing them involved writing them, a great deal of editing, and pressing “send” on the email.
While I’ve been writing for years, I’m a publishing newbie and there’s a lot I don’t know.
With the ever-changing landscape of the publishing world, no matter how much any of us learn there will always be more to learn.
Articles discussing the finer points of how to write fill the internet in droves, but there seems to be very little information on the other side of writing – the business side of writing.
The how-to articles on writing better also tend to be a confusing overwhelming glut of opposing opinions. Do you listen to the blogger who vehemently insists you must mercilessly gut your writing of all of what they consider unnecessary extra words, streamlining it to a tight bare-bones written masterpiece? Or do you listen to the blogger who just as passionately says that it is the flow and artistic expression of the writing that matters most and that you must not sanitize it by worrying about gutting it of what another might consider extra words?
The truth is that regardless of the area of the writing advice, what you need to follow will probably lie somewhere in the middle. It can be difficult to decide which advise to follow and when. Too much contradicting advice can leave you feeling even more confused and uncertain. The best writers will take the advice to heart and figure out what is best for their self and each particular story.
Writing is entertaining, can help you explore questions and issues in your life, and can be used as an outlet for the unpleasant emotions we as humans tend to bottle up inside. But if you want to be published, writing is a business too.
While exploring the answers to my own questions it occurred to me that I’m probably not the only one asking these questions. So, I decided to share my discoveries.
I make no claims to be an expert. Actually, I definitely am not an expert.
Like a lot of writers, I’m learning as I go. Mostly from researching online articles from various sources and comparing notes on what they say.
The first rule of thumb with online information is "take it with a grain of salt". In other words, never assume the information is accurate and always question the quality of the source. So with that in mind let us go forth and learn the business together, and be forgiving when I do get something wrong.
Corrections are always welcome. You can’t learn from your mistakes if you don’t know you made them.