Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
I thought I’d reblog this post from just about a year ago, in which I raise cautionary flags about expectations in self-publishing. Now, having been at it a while, I think it’s more important than ever to understand that “average results” are much more likely to be on the low end of the scale and that, if you’re serious about publishing your own work, you have to have the long view.
Nobody ever said this would be easy!
Right on the heels of my introduction of Yesterday Road to the WordPress universe comes this item, via Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing. (I love Boing Boing, btw): “Survivorship bias: why 90% of the advice about writing is bullshit right now.”
I admire the writer’s bluntness.
Tobias Buckell is an “author – blogger – futurist,” according to his web site, who has been selling his work as ebooks for a long time now, and with the help of data from Smashwords walks us through the reality of self-publishing risks and rewards. The heart of the matter is that, because we hear much more about success stories than about the complete failures, we tend to ignore the bad news and believe we can succeed like the best of the bunch. What we’re overlooking is the enormous swamp of disappointment that, statistically, our work is likely to get mired…
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