Publishing is a business. Depending on your perspective that sounds bloody obvious, bloody cold, or bloody immoral. If you write in the hopes of one day being published AND monetarily compensated for it, then it’s all of them. If you accept this premise then you should also take this on board – you are both writer and businessperson. That means it’s incumbent upon you to learn enough of how this business works so that you can make informed decisions. If, on the other hand, you find writing for money unpalatable, then you probably aren’t reading this so I’ll carry on.
I remember a time in the not-too-distant past when I didn’t have a clue how any of this worked. That was last Tuesday. I’m no Maxwell Perkins (and if you don’t know who he is then Google him and learn about one of the greats in the publishing world,) but I’m muddling by. One of the reasons for that is because I have the help and support of a lot of friends and colleagues who know infinitely more about this than I do, and I know just enough to know when to ask for their help. I’ve done that now, and the results will be showing up in this blog in the near future. Guest bloggers (writers, editors, sales people and more) will be dropping by to offer their insight into the business. I thought I could do this on my own, but as I started to make a list of my best advice I noticed a lot of it had to do with knowing where all the exits are and always having tupperware on hand in case there’s leftover food in a conference room. Sage, to be sure, but perhaps not the most salient. I’m hoping my future guests will have more to offer.
Publishing is a business, but it’s an amazing business, and there’s no good reason you can’t succeed in it, and a lot of bad reasons why you might not. If nothing else, this blog will aim to illuminate the good from the bad.
PS Simply knowing where the exits are isn’t enough. Check the doors and windows to see that they actually open before pandemonium breaks out. Trust, but verify.