The Ape goes APE!!!!

AAAAARRRRGGGGGHHHH

The end of October (Halloween) is fast approaching and I regret to announce that I have only four (FOUR) Author postings for November and two of those are by curtesy of my good friend  

Andrew Buckley !!!!

WHY IS THIS – HAS THE APE BEEN ASLEEP?” I hear muted screams coming from deep within the Jungle of Modern Literature.

Well – No actually. It seems to be because Indie Authors are becoming discouraged and dispondent and are retreating into their shells, actively avoiding publicity about themselves and their books – it’s almost as if they are ashamed of calling themselves Indie or Self-published authors.

WHY, WHAT HAVE THEY GOT TO BE DISPONDENT AND DISCOURAGED ABOUT?” other voices exclaim “Haven’t AMAZON, SMASHWORDS, CREATESPACE, and even the aged BARNES & NOBLE been bending over BACKWARDS to ENCOURAGE people to WRITE and PUBLISH?.”

Well – Yes actually, but something seems to have gone wrong somewhere.

WHAT COULD POSSIBLY HAVE GONE WRONG APE?” the gathering crowd roars.

I don’t know exactly – after all, I’m only and Ape with a blog who is trying to help promote them – free – at my own cost because I value them and their works and think it would be a great shame if there were no more new storys to be told and heard.

It might also be because – dare I say it – well – maybe – YES – I WILL say it.

It might be because there are too many people publishing their stories without thoroughly checking and correcting any errors in them and these books are flooding the market.

WHAT KIND OF ERRORS ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? – SPEAK UP APE AND STOP BEATING AROUND YOUR TREE” the multitude clamours with one voice.

Well – spelling is one, correct word usage is another (eg, weight and wait, site and sight, that sort of thing), grammatical incorrectness (especially in translations, translators seem to use language dictionaries or Google, but have no real understanding of the different ways a phrase or word can be used), a surge in the more sensational type tome (Erotica, Bloodlust, Perversions, Terrorism, Blood and lots and lots of graphically described Gore).

I think books appear to be going down the same road as the virtual games kids (and many adults) are playing these days. Certain Movies and TV programmes are getting to be the same.

I also think that Governments all over the world are so deeply involved in preventing the total collapse of National and World Economies and are making budget cut backs in all the services that are necessary to uphold the quality of life, that they are actually endangering their societies – voters and upcoming voters if you will – by cutting back on things like Libraries, Art Galleries, Museums, Refuse Collection, Education, Kindergartens, etc.

LIBRARIES WE CAN SEE WHAT YOU MEAN – BUT THE OTHER THINGS – HOW SO? OH GREAT, WISE AND BIG MOUTHED APE?” the voices question in unison from every direction.

Because they all affect how Society – or as I prefer to call them – People – feel about themselves and others around them. For example, if people are too worried about where their next meal is coming from, or how they are going to pay the looming Bills, are they going to sit down and read a book, or go to an Art Gallery, or Museum? Are they going to read to their children and help them learn to enjoy and love reading or understand what Art means (apart from being things that hang on walls, or are even, part of the walls)? Are they going to relax in a Museum and dream of what life was like in the days when the artifacts they are looking at, were new?  Imaginations are going stale or calcifying and in danger of joining the fossils of long extinct creatures.

WHAT SHOULD WE DO ABOUT IT – OH REVOLTING ONE?” the throng cries, (slightly out of synchronisation because of the time lapse due to the vastness of the said throng).

Answers please in the comments box below this rant-like article (unless you are an author who would like to come back out of your shell, in which case, go to my Contact Me section and see what I’d like to get from you and how to send it to me) 🙂

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51 thoughts on “The Ape goes APE!!!!

  1. Hi Chris, you hit the nail on the head with this post. Now duly shared on LinkedIn generally, and to several groups (Book Marketing, Fiction Writer’s Guild, Writer’s Café and Children’s Books).

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  2. Sorry Ape, you asked me weeks ago if I was interested in providing a blog and I was delighted with the request. But the same old excuse for me too – work taking over – no time to write – I’m behind on 2 reviews as it is. I will try to get one to you this week if you’re still interested.

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  3. Interesting points and cast in an interesting way. 🙂 Historically, during tough times, book reading actually improved because books are a relatively inexpensive form of entertainment and they could lead people out of otherwise depressing lives. However, technology has made drastic changes to the book industry, so this impact and its nature may be changing.

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  4. I wish I could blame the economy! I’m just swamped by work and haven’t had time to write much of anything lately. I’m hoping NaNo will break me out of my shell — then perhaps I’ll have something useful to contribute to this lovely blog 🙂

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  5. As a first time author, for me the problem of writers becoming less visible over time is the fact that self publishing requires skills very different to the skills needed for creating the book. Inventing a story complete with believable characters, writing it in a flowing form, editing it many times and publishing an Indie book are very solitary acts requiring many hours spent alone. However, self marketing that book necessitates an equal amount of time employed in engaging with others, promoting yourself and placing yourself in social situations where you can make your book more visible.

    As you so rightly say, there are so many self publishers all competing for attention that it’s difficult to make your product visible unless the author spends all of his or her time promoting it. Why would we want to do this when most authors are by nature solitary people and much prefer to spend their time writing. It’s no wonder we eventually give up.

    It would be so much easier if we had an agent, someone to do the publicity part for us. Anybody taking notes?

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  6. Sorry Ape, but what governments do or don’t do re the economy has got diddly-squat to do with the price of fish, or in this case Indies and their books. In the end its all down to writing and editing skills, plus the fact that the market is saturated… 😉

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