9.30.2006

Rants from the front lines

I think my favorite line in this post is "You’re not as much of a genius as you think", followed closely by "That makes tiny clown kittens weep"


Thanks to the BiblioBuffet for the info.

8 comments:

Ric said...

Growly this morning?
That was a fun read, he said, as he heads out the door to his local independent bookstore for a "booksigning" by a local author. Looks like a vanity press, probably a total waste of $15 bucks, yeah, well, yanno...

Anonymous said...

I only quibble with the blog author using "self-published" and "vanity-published" to mean the same thing. The intellectual-property lawyer at Scrivener's Error (http://scrivenerserror.blogspot.com/), who sometimes posts here, explains the difference. "Self-published" isn't a nicey-nice alternative name for "vanity-published;" it's a different, though related, situation.

Aconite

also said...

Funny article. No hate mail from me, though. I don't care for a strong southern accent either, nor the way it seems to take a southerner 'forever' to finish a sentence. But I have southern relatives that I love dearly, and I don't mind waiting for them.

ya author said...

Great post. So true. I decided when I first started writing that if I couldn't get accepted by a legit house I had no business being a writer. It took almost ten years, but I did it, by gum, and have 3 books under my belt and hopefully more to come. I'm writing to earn money, not spend it.

Glad I didn't give up after reading the first paragraph, though. I wouldn't trade my relaxed vocal chords and Southern Belle accent fer nuthin'. It's the rest of y'all that talk so durn funny, yanno.

Anonymous said...

Amen. I wish people would see that writing is no different than any other talent--music, art, etc.

Look of all the people on American Idol who think because they can open their mouths, they can become a rock star/pop star. Just ain't so. And just ain't so with people who think because they can put their hands on a keyboard, they can write. There may be some bad books published, but most SP-VP work is ten times worse than the worst trad published book.

wop-sided said...

LOLOLOL! I am so thrilled Her Snarkiness posted this blog! Hilarious & perfect! By the way, Pat Walsh's book that is mentioned in this blog is wonderful.

Kathy said...

Definitely fun to read...and just confirms my reasons for not self publishing. I certainly can't afford to, for one thing. For another, if I have to resort to the vanity press in order to publish a book, I'll just revise heavily or find a new hobby. Like torturing family members with terrible manuscripts or something...

Anonymous said...

Lordy but I envy these people. To have that much confidence! All I can ever see are blunders, mistakes, REALLY BAD WRITING. Oh well. Onwards and sidewards.