It’s a thing. A big thing. Always has been.
Even though the bar has been lowered down to below sealevel due to publishing agencies no longer having the monolpoly on good stuff.
It’s still not something everybody does.
OK, better put: does right.
It being made possible for everyone intelligent enough to push a few buttons on the internet, doesn’t make you a great writer. You have to be able to know how to sell. If you’re only good at the writing part, then that’s unfortunate.
Something that I’ve noticed while setting up some of the ‘necessary’ online accounts, is that being writer, or rather, to become a writer, has become different with the use of internet and particularly, social media.
You need to be known to sell book. You don’t have to be a great writer to sell, you have to be known.
People are desperate to know your face, what you’re about, if you tuck your Nan in at night, if you eat politically correct, if you have any aspirations being the best Guitar Hero in the world.
Of course, I’m exaggerating. It’s just that I’ve noticed that ever since the big publishing offices have made a big downfall because of the POD-possibillities (Print On Demand, accessable for and to anyone), the quality of most works have made the same fall.
Walking in a bookstore has become a rareness, finding a pearl of good words hidden within the sheets of a book even more.
What astonishes me more though, is the fact that where it was formerly the Big Industry of Books, it now has become a sport to suck writers dry of their talents and success by small companies.
In England and America, you need to have an agent. Without an agent, not even the smallest company will touch your manuscript, take a serious look at it. Agents cost money. People smell money. They know they can live of the money that someone else is worth on their behalf. The good old ‘I’ve discovered him/her, so I should get money’.
I must say I’m quite disgusted by how many small companies have risen due to publishers no longer being the headmaster of publishing, but a whole new segment of the market has found its way to the shore that calls itself publishing.
For a writer this means that nothing has changed much.
S/he still has to pay a lot of money to get anything done. Being talented is for free. They way of proving this to the world is not.
The only thing that has changed, as far as I can see, is that an agent will tell you if you’re talented enough to even invest in yourself that way. A publisher won’t give you feedback.
There’s loads of websites where you can find courses to learn how to write better, how to improve the letter you mean to send to a publisher. You can enter a competition to at least earn some kind of audience.
None of them are free. None. They all cost.
Claiming this is to keep a level of quality. That it’s necessary to keep the level of quality up that they claim to have.
Meanwhile, critisms and reviews are still expected to be for free. I don’t buy it.