Monday, January 21, 2013
The slow progress of self-publishing my Viking novel, Fin Gall: A Novel of Viking Age Ireland goes on, in much the same manner as one of my favorite Far Side cartoons, pirated above. Cover art is done, but for some reason I can't seem to copy and paste it, but I'm sure I will be able to down the line. I'm having quite a bit of fun with this process, I have to admit.
I've been thinking a lot about the great upheavals in publishing these days. Publishers are getting cheaper and not doling out the advances like they once did, and I have to guess that has to do in part with e-books cutting into their profit margins, never great to begin with. The ease of self-publishing removes the traditional filters of agent and editor, which means anyone can get their books in print, for better or worse, but also puts more books in the marketplace, thus making it harder for any one individual to earn a living. Illegal distribution is suddenly a real problem like it never was when books were just in print format. It's like pick-up sticks, you can't move one thing without effecting everything else.
But don't get me started....
I've been talking with my old friend George Jepson about an article along these lines in his wonderful newsletter The Quarterdeck, put out by McBooks Press, and an absolute must read for anyone who loves maritime fiction. You can follow the link to subscribe.
All right, coffee break is over. Back on your heads.