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The author of 27 novels trad pubbed novels--including "The War of the Roses", shares his experiences and talks about why all careers in the arts are essentially bi-polar
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What happens when your own life stretches over the boundaries that others have drawn for you?
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As a self-published author, I got 99 problems. But a boss ain’t one of them.
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So why, after all of that, would I decide to indie publish a new series? Because the publisher, in the way that publishing sometimes goes, decided not to do any more books after Book 9 came out last fall.
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If it had been the Sixties, we would have begun a commune. If it had been the nineties we would have started a dot-com. Because it’s the 2010s (the first two decades of a century are super annoying for nickname branding purposes), we obviously decided to start a multimedia empire.
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There is now a boundary line in my career, separating being conventionally published and self-published. And I’m very much at peace on this side of that boundary line.
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Twenty-six years later, I think I finally know what “feather the clutch” means. Do that thing that I can’t really tell you in words how to do but when you’re doing it right you’ll feel it and that sickening grinding sound will stop and you’ll sail along in the direction you want to go.
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Another reason for self publishing is the ability to exercise more control over my “intellectual property.” Yes, the middle man still exists (in my case, Amazon’s digital publishing arm), but outside of providing a “storefront,” the guy in the suit mostly sits back and collects his cut.
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He doesn’t have to wait thirty or so days, for a literary agent with an exclusivity agreement to finally say, “Yes, I see potential in your work and would like to see more,” or, as is more often the case, “While your story is very good, I am not the person to represent it.” This, by the way, could go on for a very long time.
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Perhaps I am different from other Indie authors who find themselves pushed into the "indie way" because of a general lack of response from the profit-driven, long-suffering commercial publishing industry, which has been reduced to a passel of lost sheepherders trying to lead their readers without direction or vision.