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Blogging Insights — New Format # 32 — The Internet

“The Internet destroyed most of the barriers to publication. The cost of being a publisher dropped to almost zero with two interesting immediate results: anybody can publish, and more importantly, you can publish whatever you want.”

(Dick Costolo)

This quote applies quite aptly to blogging so I completely agree with it. I have often told the story of how and why I launched my blog. After being turned down by one print and one electronic publication, I decided that the best thing to do would be to publish my work on my own blog. The Internet has done away with the “tyranny” of editors.

What do you think?

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30 thoughts on “Blogging Insights — New Format # 32 — The Internet

  1. I’ve never aspired to be published. (other than my dream of writing a children’s book) I think that because of the many many talented bloggers out there I am able to read things that would otherwise be unavailable to me. I am grateful for the opportunity. If I were interested in being published, I would probably feel differently.

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  2. It’s an interesting thought, because I think a lot of us would like to be a published author. However, for myself, since I’ve started blogging, I actually stopped writing the stories I did, lol. I think part of it is because I know if I really wanted too, I could probably get it published myself. It’d be difficult and probably a long slog, but it can be done now! It’s much more easier to publish something yourself.

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  3. Publishers are still kind of gatekeepers. On the one hand, anyone can publish and so the amount of low quality writing available is vast. Which makes it difficult for a good independent writer to achieve traction, especially since they need to finance and plan their own editing, design, marketing etc. Basically the publishing environment is still stacked against them. And on the other hand, you can write what you want and get a readership, which is not to be sneezed at.

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  4. Editors and Publishers have only one interest, the next bestseller. I personally spend more time than I should at used book stores. I absolutely agree the internet has opened the doors to many a writer. I particularly enjoy reading flash fiction posts on a variety of topics. I have a couple family history books in print (for the family only). I used a company called Lulu for physical printing.

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  5. The Internet destroyed most of the barriers to publication. The cost of being a publisher dropped to almost zero with two interesting immediate results: anybody can publish, and more importantly, you can publish whatever you want.”

    The biggest problem with this is ‘just because you can write content or words or posts or articles doesn’t mean that everything should be published. Good quality publishers now have their work made more accessible for them. They are no longer only bombarded with manuscripts of diatribe and shite trite, so they can afford to be selective and hyper selective with received manuscripts.

    On the counter side, the ability to self-publish makes it also harder for damn good authors to get their work picked up by a reputable brick and mortar publisher.

    But also another problem with this is that the ability to self-publish further encourages everyone to think they have something that needs to be published and that it will enrich the reader if the writer performs the task of publishing.

    For the sake of simplicity, let’s take this quote away from blogging Tanya and apply it to the book market on a temporary basis.

    One of the biggest problems with self-publishing in books is that too many people overlook the small but significant details. They forget that they have to self-market and promote, whereas a traditional publisher will do that, and many people ONLY want to write the content but not promote it further. Marketing is your total responsibility, and to get your book/s noticed, you have to advertise it and spend money to do so.

    Self-publishing takes authors away from the creation pot, which is why many don’t like to promote themselves or their wares. Because marketing takes time and to many, it is boring. Also, book stores will not stock you, so you have to work on advertising continually to make sales and this can in turn encourage poor quality writers to constantly churn out even more terrible books to make sales.

    If however they stopped mass production of crap content and worked on good quality marketing this would help.

    There are many advantages to writing your content. One that comes to mind is that you have complete creative control … but then this too leads me to my biggest gripe of all. Something l am willing to forgive to a degree with bloggers and their blogged content but not with self-published authors when l am buying a book and spending my money on. That is, they hardly do any proofreading. This means that for every ten self-published books, it can be that up to 50% are unreadable.

    So we are back to this statement – just because you can write a book and self-publish that book, if you can’t spell or proofread or take on board a proofreading service, then don’t publish that book. It’s a waste of your time and the readers who buy it and more importantly their money.

    This takes us then into blogging; it is far better to blog first and then maybe write a book because your blogging journey should teach you more about the final and finer art of the publishing policy.

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      1. Tanya 🙂

        As l said before, worry not. I too have a very different reading schedule this year than previous years. I can’t afford to spend all day everyday on this blog either.

        I only read from a very small nucleus of writers myself. I read this prompt from your blog weekly and l respond to it, but l don’t read everything in your blog only what l like and have time to respond to.

        So please do not worry, life’s too short to worry 🙂

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