February 23rd, 2011

My car still may be broken, nothing has changed with the ebooks and covers, but I did manage to get the cable TV fixed last night around midnight. So YAY me. Actually today I’m feeling much better. Like I said, not much has changed, but at least I’m not getting hit with one thing after another today. I’m still editing the secret project. I hope to have it finished by Friday. If I can manage to do that and the short I’m working on, then I’ll at least have a couple more releases up while I wait. Larissa Ione was kind enough to send me a romance template for Scrivener, which I plan to take advantage of the second I finish these edits. She’s offering it free to anyone with a Mac and the latest version of Scrivener. One of my unwritten goals this year is to learn how to use the software so that I can cut down on the mountains of paper I have surrounding me. Mountains are of no use to me if I can’t ski on them. *g

Rifts appear to be forming on a lot of the lists I belong to. I’m not sure why I’m surprised, but I am. The rifts are between authors who are strictly pursuing N.Y. publishing and authors who are re-releasing their backlists and e-publishing original work. I’ve already went through this once. When I started in e-publishing in 2002, I was ostracized by a very large writer’s organization *cough*RWA*cough*. Obviously, I wasn’t alone. Most of my fellow erotic romance writers, who were epubbing with indie publishers went through the same thing. It was bad. REALLY bad. It nearly tore a few organizations apart. Authors were at each others throats. It was a very unpleasant situation that left a lot of bad feelings behind. Eventually, the storm blew over…or so I thought. It seems to be gaining new momentum, but this time it’s not the erotic romance writers getting hit with the brunt of the force. Now it’s Indie writers. The divide between Indie and Traditional publishing is growing. Not everybody who was writing erotic romance back in the day should’ve been writing erotic romance. Just like not everybody who is Indie publishing should be Indie publishing today. But there are some skilled writers out there Indie publishing today. People who’ve taken the time to learn how to write books. People who continue to better their skills. People who understand that not everything they write is publishable. The key is knowing the difference. I think this rift–like the one that came before it–is growing out of fear. There are tremendous changes taking place in publishing right now. Some foreseen and others hitting like a 7.0 quake. It’s okay to be afraid. It’s okay not to have the answers. Nobody does. The key is learning how to control the fear. It doesn’t do any good to attack what you’re afraid of. It won’t make it go away. Just ask all those erotic romance authors, who are still making a living writing the spicy stuff. Authors have more opportunities to make a living today than they have EVER had in history. This is something to be celebrated. Striking out at each other only weakens us as a whole.

8 comments to “Better”

  1. I know, it’s the Us vs Them wars all over again. I’m ignoring all groups and loops. And doing what I think is best for me and my career, which is what I was doing when I first sold ebooks back when. I think the opportunities are exciting, and I am so pinging Larissa to get that template! Scrivener is so good for the way I work, really happy I bought it.

  2. Charli, It really is, which is a shame. You’d think everyone would’ve learned the first time around. I hear you. That’s the route I’m taking, too. You should. I can’t wait to try the template, especially since she says it helps with learning Scrivener.

  3. Awww, I’m sorry to hear about the Us vs. Them thing. This is why I mostly stay off loops nowadays. Do what you think is right for you, and don’t let naysayers bring you down:-).

  4. Ellen, It doesn’t really phase me this time around. The last time was devastating. This time…let’s just say I have better perspective now. 🙂

  5. I guess it’s a good thing this writing gig isn’t a team sport. 🙂

  6. Bernard, That game would be over so fast. LOL!

  7. There has always seemed to be some kind of hierarchy that permeates organizations. In the past it was trad pub vs epub. Then the focus switched to trad pub vs erotic. Now it’s trad pub vs indie? I guess the point is, follow the path that works for you because there will be a different dividing line in a few years.

    All this reminds me of Robert Frost’s: The Road Not Taken

    “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.”

  8. Patrice, Love the quote. And you’re absolutely right, there will always be part of any organization that does its best to put others down.