What Do Authors THINK They Want?

Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest asked 5,000 authors what factors influenced their decisions between traditional and self-publishing. Without reading the full (expensive) report, the accompanying chart is ambiguous because it merely states what factors influenced the decision, but not which direction authors were influenced. If you and I both consider “Publisher prestige” a factor, and it causes you to pursue traditional publishing, but causes me to choose self-publishing, the factor itself has limited value without the reasoning behind it.

These are, in fact, important factors; too important to leave to the ambiguity of a simple chart. Let’s clarify, shall we? As usual, I’ll fall back on opinion. Mine, of course. Where I see shades of grey I’ll say so, but where I see black and white, expect hyperbole.

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Money Has Nothing To Do With Writing

If you have a way to pay the bills while you launch yourself into writing, that’s great. If it leaves you real time for writing, even better.

Here’s a reality check for you. It’s long and of dubious interest to anyone but me. But I’m a writer; that’s what I do.
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Why James Altucher Won’t Go Back to Traditional Publishing Even Though He Could

You won’t be surprised to discover that I’m a fan of independent publishing.

Some folks might be surprised to discover that James Altucher is, too, because his first 5 books were published traditionally.

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To the Self-Important Member of the Traditional Publishing Industry Who Wouldn’t Appreciate This

photo http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1271302 by dimitri_c http://www.sxc.hu/profile/dimitri_cReading a public forum today, I ran across a lengthy comment by a member of the traditional publishing industry.

I was enraged.

Since their comments made it clear they’re incapable of understanding this, and since I’d rather start a range war on my own soil, I thought I’d share my response here.

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The Book

I’m conducting a little experiment with my videos. Clearly, most people watch the videos and, despite a direct request for this information, never comment on what else they’d need to get their book written. People don’t watch a video and think about writing.

After chatting with one of my prospective clients yesterday I realized I need to take my own advice. Rather than writing a book about the mechanical stuff, I need to write the why. It needs to help aspiring writers analyze their reasons for writing a book so they’re writing the right book, and have enough fire to make them do the work.

You can learn the mechanics anywhere; as my geek friends say, Google is your friend.

Only one place you can learn your why: your own head. I can help with that. I hope the book does just that.