Thursday, March 24, 2011

i just walked in on this

Spring break is chugging right along. I am sleeping late and spending many pantsless hours working on various projects. Actually having time to catch up with my own schedule is rather nice.

The always-insightful Roxane Gay posted something about self-publishing, which is obviously of interest to me, over at HTMLGiant. She makes the case that a lot of self-published writers go that route because they dislike the traditional publishing industry and, perhaps as a symptom of their distrust, cannot accept the risk of hearing "no" when they submit their work. There's certainly truth to that, and to her later comment that some writers are more impatient in getting a book out there than they are willing to make sure it's a really good one. It's always weird to see people try and figure out largely self-published authors, though, because they're always discussed like some weird species of butterfly pinned under glass. Where did it come from? What did it eat? etc.