Myths in the World of Writing & Publishing: Let’s Get Real

It’s easy to publish a book in the twenty-first century digital world. You just sit down at your computer, write, format, cobble together a cover and press publish. It’s just that easy. Then you sit back and wait for the money to rain down upon you and fame to follow. Right? Not so much.

You see, good writing takes talent and hard work. Well-written,well- edited and well-packaged books take talent and hard work. Talent can be cultivated and nurtured, skills can be honed. Then, with your nose to the grindstone, you do the work. That’s the reality of writing and publishing. Yet, myths persist.

These days, there are so many books for new and nearly-new writers proclaiming that there is a “secret to becoming a bestselling author” or that “I sold 100,000 books and you can too” or “the sure-fire way to a bestseller.” There is no secret. There is no short-cut. Sometimes it happens, but mostly it does not. This is the reality. Why, then, do so many wannabe writers seem to think that there is some kind of short-cut to a bestseller? Why are there so many online writers’ groups where each member gushes over the mediocre and barely literate stories of other members? This last one is easy to answer: because they want others to gush over their work, and quality be damned.

However, serious writers want to know how to improve their writing and story-telling ability. They want to know about the realities of traditional and self-publishing. There are a few books around that help writers with this, and we have a new one to add to the ongoing education of real writers.

They say that publishers are in the business of publishing. As far as we’re concerned, publishers should also be in the business of making better books. Better books come from better writers. Helping writers is one of our passions.

Here are some of the realities that we think writers should know more about:

  • Writers are among the worst-paid workers in the world.
  • Not all ideas are good ones.
  • Not everything you write should be published.
  • Good writing takes more than talent and yes, you do need to know the rules of grammar, syntax and usage before you can break them effectively.
  • You don’t always need to “write what you know” but you always need to know about what you are writing about.
  • Writing practice is important for improving writing.
  • You can learn to keep up your writing momentum.
  • Not everyone ‘s writing (perhaps not even many people’s writing) benefits from writers’ groups, either online or in person.
  • Not everything you write should be published.
  • There are many publishing models available these days.
  • Books don’t sell themselves.

And this is just the beginning. If you think that you’d like to know more details about any of these, we invite you to read our newest release: Permission to Write: How to Write a Book and Other Myths From the Real World of Writing and Publishing.

Learn more about it here (as we’ve said before, we do love a book trailer!)…