Kay: The Train Wreck of Traditional Publishing

Did you ever wish you had a traditional publishing contract? Count your lucky stars. Since our pandemic began, traditional publishing has gone off the rails.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch breaks it down for us on her blog. It all began when she tried to order a book in June and was informed that the book would ship in September. Surprised that it wouldn’t arrive sooner, she looked into why that should be.

And guess what? It turns out that traditional publishing isn’t all that nimble when it comes to crises. Here’s the story.

What the heck happened?

When the pandemic hit and bookstores closed, some publishing companies moved their biggest spring and summer releases to the fall, hoping that the situation would have recovered by then. But as the pandemic dragged on, the schedule fell apart, because the fall schedule was already mostly full. Continue reading

Elizabeth: Self-Publishing 101 – Introduction

publish_buttonWe’ve talked a lot about the craft of writing since we first started posting here on the blog.  Now I’d like to switch gears and talk about the publishing side of things for a while.

While I don’t yet have a completed a manuscript that I think is ready for public consumption – my first two are definitely “for my eyes only” – I’m very hopeful about my third.

When the time comes and I’m ready to move on to the next step, I’d like to have some idea of where I’m going.  I think it’s fair to say that we’ve all been busily working away on our manuscripts with the plan of publication.  The question is:  what path to take – traditional or self (indie)?

As Nancy mentioned in her post last week, from the reader’s side of the fence the question is irrelevant.  They’re just looking for good, satisfying stories.  From the writer’s side of the fence, however, the answer depends on a lot of things including how much control you want to have over the process, your level of interest/skills, and whether you want to focus your efforts on writing or on the business side of writing.  There’s no right or wrong answer and the method that’s appropriate for one book may not work for another.  Add in the fact that the self-publishing marketplace seems to be constantly changing and there’s an internet is full of conflicting, quickly outdated advice, and the whole question of publication can be down-right daunting.

So what are some of the benefits of self-publishing? Continue reading