I've been debating since last night whether or not to pen this post but felt in my heart I needed to get it off my chest. Many know me as a person who has an open book policy:
I read an email where it showcased several top known authors and the millions they've gained. Kudos to them.
I believe, and I may have the percentage wrong, but it's only a very small number, li ke 4-7% of authors, who actually do make it big the first time around. The rest need to work hard, sweat a good sweat, to get their books out there. Unfortunately, that's the name of the game, especially nowadays where we have tons of new writers and new houses popping up left and right.
I recently read the Hunger Games trilogy, and although the concept of the book was excellent and innovative, I found myself flipping through tons of pages to get to the meat of the book. I was jarred out of the storyline several times with all the backstory, and then when I ended up in the present again, it took me a few seconds to grasp my bearings where the actual story had left off before the long-winded backstory intruded my read.
The reason I bring this book up is the following and the reason for my post:
as small publishers we are often overlooked or criticized by many who believe the quality of the writing is lacking, the cover art is lacking, the editorial department is lacking...not true. I might venture out there and say that small to mid-sized houses may work harder to prove to their readers that we do care about our authors/readers and will do our best to produce as tip top a book as possible.
In the Hunger Games, it was the backstory from this large house which jarred me from my reading pleasure. In other books, such as some of the Potter books, there were tons of editorial mishaps. There are some things that do go unnoticed and regardless if it's a small or large house, these things happen unfortunately.
My main point is that I have read so many books from new authors and new houses that are simply amazing, books that top some of the biggies. My heart goes out to them because I know how hard this industry is to get a name for yourself.
All I want to say is do NOT give up. Continue to promote, ignore comments from some who shun you when they hear you are with an 'unknown' publisher. Your book deserves to be read, remember that, otherwise your publisher (a reputable publisher who actually cares for both authors and readers) would never have contracted it.
This post has nothing to do with MuseItUp as much as reaching out to some authors who have emailed me offlist, authors who have been disillusioned by negativity by family and friends, and ready to hang their writing pens for good.
Keep the passion! Reflect why you began writing in the first place, and lock the door to outsiders who will never understand that deep commitment you have to entertain readers.
You matter! And there are readers out there waiting for your stories...I know I am.