I’ve been following this girl for a while now who seemed pretty cool; she reblogged fun stuff and had insightful comments to add to posts.
Just recently, she self-published her first book via Createspace/Amazon. Cool. Kudos. Congrats. Whatever.
Then, her blog changed. Where there used to be nifty content is now “My book is available via …” or “Oh it’s so nice to finally have a copy in my hands!”
That’s fine, too. It’s her blog, she can post whatever she wants on it.
What I have a problem with is these other posts wherein she says, “Oh you will never know what it feels like to be a published writer,” and other tidbits of “writerly wisdom” that she’s learned over the past, oh, five days.
When you self-publish, know it for what it is: you’ve written a book, and you didn’t want to/couldn’t deal with a traditional publishing company. You haven’t necessarily “made it” or are a “professional” now. You’re a person who wrote something and, without the traditional expertise of an agent, editor, copy editor, cover designer, marketing team, or bookstores, are trying to sell your book on your own. I’m not saying it’s bad—it depends entirely on what your intentions are for your book. But face it: chances are one-in-a-million that you will ever have widespread recognition. The average self-published author makes less than $500 per year, which is more than I would have guessed, and your books will more than likely never touch the shelf of a bookstore.
So if you self-publish, congratulations, you’ve made a life choice on your own, but don’t act like you own the publishing industry.
Actually, if you get published period, don’t act like you own the publishing industry. Nobody owns this industry but the reader, and this reader of a particular blog is getting sick of immature and arrogant writers that make the rest of us look pathetic.
Let this picture disavow you of the illusion that publication is an acknowledgment of your skills and intellect.
It’s stories like this that make me despise the non-fiction genres sometimes. But then I remember Harry Potter: Page-to-Screen, and I forgive the industry.