That’s actually a little bit of a lie, it’s my 1001st post. But it’s only fitting that my 1000th post from yesterday was a Saturday Slash, because this blog is above all things a writers blog, meant to help aspiring writers.
I’ve been up and running since March of 2011. My first post was about the fact that I’d landed an agent, and I’d like to point out that I didn’t have a huge social media platform at that point. No Facebook author page, no Twitter account. I definitely didn’t have a YouTube channel, and Tumblr didn’t exist. Instagram might have been up and running, but I was ignorant of its existence.
Now I’m everywhere. You can’t get away from me, and if you try I will catch you.
Blogging is a large part of my internet presence, but I use this particular platform as a tool that I very much wish would’ve existed when I was pre-pubbed. Often I have aspiring authors ask me for tips on getting published and while I certainly don’t mind being asked, there’s a basic misunderstanding at work that I correct as nicely as possible.
Asking an writer for tips on how to get published is like asking a teacher, lawyer, veterinarian, or any other professional the same thing. The answer is that you need to educate yourself, and I don’t mean that you should enroll in an MFA program. A lot of the aspiring authors that ask me for tips are completely gobsmacked when I follow up their question with questions: Do they want to be traditionally published or are they aiming for self-pub? If traditional are they thinking of targeting mid-level indies or some of the bigger houses, and regardless are they searching for representation or are they going to submit themselves?
I never intend to gob smack people or deflate them. I can’t give tips of any sort without knowing the answers to these questions, and the vast majority of the time I’m met with blank looks, questions about the difference between self-publishing and traditional publishing, or even complete shock that agents come into the picture at all.
And that’s fine. A little frustrating, yes, but it’s also fine. That’s the whole reason this blog and thousands of others like it exist. This is why I do my interview series with published authors, covering everything from the writing process to querying to cover art.
I don’t expect people to know the publishing industry inside and out. It’s a fluid beast, and a complicated one. I’m definitely here to help, and I hope to continue to run this blog far into the future. It brings no money to me, and that’s fine. I like having it as a base of operations, and I think of it so much as an act of giving that I sometimes forget to use it as a promotional tool.
I’ve got a lot coming up in 2015, and things planned into 2016.
So stay tuned.
For both our sakes 🙂