Indie Rage and Public Relations

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The Indie author does much more than write. There are all the learning curves, fiddly bits, and marketing. We are our own publicists. Hugely successful authors like Ann Rice can have as many wobblies as they want to online, but they’ll still be selling lots and lots of books. She’s also traditionally published anyway, so what she does doesn’t besmirch Indie world. I’ve seen enough shame inducing, call your mom a donkey dramas lately from some Indie authors online to wonder what the spectators who just read for pleasure must be thinking.

If you’re online as much as we must be, and on so many various sites, sooner or later you’re going to stumble across a comment or an article that will insert itself firmly up your nostril, and it’s possible that you will then dive right in there and firmly express your opinion. Before doing that though, try and…

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15 thoughts on “Indie Rage and Public Relations

  1. Massimo, I’ve met authors who don’t even ever REVISE. Their feeling—and they’re very proud of their accomplishments—is that it came out “just perfectly” the first time and absolutely no changes are necessary.

    Never mind hire an editor… 😛

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    • It’s Self-Delusional Publishing and the SP writer hubris that is quite late to simply evaporate. Each time a so-called writer publishes something and ends up on an unfortunate reader, that “writer” is a danger for the reputation, the sales, and the appreciation of all independent writers as a category.

      Of course many say that SP writers are a joke at best. The slush pile is published, and get satisfaction and pride just by that. They are a real problem.

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  2. I understand; often we should just raise shoulders and move on. But sometimes it is a tough call. One aspect of self-publishing that really ruffles me upside down, and it does so because it harms all independent writers, is the oddball writer that has quite a peculiar vision of what entails publishing, being read, and the care and sweat needed for that.

    The tirade is about understanding self-publishing as a Do-It-Yourself business. Wrong!
    The reasons and motivations can be varied but the result is always the same. “I don’t need anyone, I’m good as I am, nobody will ever make me any better than I’m already.”

    I just had a sort of querelle with someone who, although he claims that it is only a personal thing and he doesn’t suggest others to do the same, invariably there is a comment from him on any and every thread online having to do with editors, proofreaders, and the work they do with writers. He goes on describing how he doesn’t need nor want the help of editors and proofreaders because one can self-study to do it properly and he’s there to prove it. The absurdity goes even further with a comment (citing) like: “I don’t want them” [i.e, the readers] “thinking my writing is good because it has been improved by someone else. I strive to produce my best output. A professional editor, proofreader or beta reader cannot improve my best, they can only change it or add to it, or even make the writing better. Thereafter it ceases to be my best, but theirs.”

    There are many flaws and nonsenses with that position, clearly affected by the self-publishing hubris:

    1) The assumption that your writing is as good, and you don’t want readers thing that it “… is good because it has been improved by someone else.”
    All right, dude. Calm down. You’re in cloud nine at the top of hubris fever.

    2) “A professional editor, proofreader or beta reader cannot improve my best.”
    Right, your work is the next Greatest American Novel and the level of your writing is already at the writing’s zenith.

    3) “they can only change it or add to it”
    Wrong, an editor will fix the obvious typo, or grammar issue, but will not “change” or “add” anything. He’s not there to change your voice, she will point at areas to make *you* the writer think harder: did you really wanted to say *this* this *way* ?

    4) “A professional editor, […] cannot […] make the writing better.”
    Yes, we got it, you’re in Mount Olympus with the greatest writers of all times.

    5) “Thereafter it ceases to be my best, but theirs.”
    Dude, you never worked with a real editor!

    PS
    Posting this on my blog, too.

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