I talk so much about it because the way the literary world is stacked against a writer getting their work out there is mindbogglingly discouraging. I know there are perhaps many great writers thinking about hanging up the pen right now and I wonder what masterpieces will be lost? Too much is asked of a writer that is inhumanly possible for any person to accomplish.The 19th century literary standard is what writers are still being graded by when this is the 21st century.
Everyone talks about the old masters of literature, myself included. I love their works. But I don’t delude myself in who they really were. The vast majority of these people had servants, serfs, or slaves to carry out their daily activities, so yes, they should sat and dream up poetic things to write all day long. Most or none of them, I can recall was even what would be considered middle class today. The things they had people doing for them you would go to jail nowadays if you made someone your servant, serf or slave.This was the case in all cultures. Because only the elite or upper-crust could read and write.
Most of us write in between what little time we can squeeze out of making a living and caring for our families.
It wasn’t until the 20th century when ordinary people started emerging on the literary scene.
I don’t agree with the stringent rating system and the narrow-minded grammatization of what’s considered acceptable grammar. The most beauty writings I have ever read was when the person let their creativity flow without restrictions.
This is why I stress so much get out to the public and let the live public see your work and you will be surprised at the different reaction. Last year, I met an author in Rochester who takes his books on road tours across the country. He’s self-published. I am not suggesting anyone do this with a family in tow. He’s retired and this is what he and his wife does. I asked how he do it? He said he use the sales from his books to cover his traveling expenses. Some places he makes a lot and some places he doesn’t.
What he was telling me is there’s more than one way to sell books. I asked why did he do that? He said he got discouraged with the online results he was getting. Spending more money on marketing than a hotel room cost in many cities only to get one or two reviews and maybe ten or less sales. If he paid 80 dollars for a room in a medium sized town and sold 50- 200 books at 10.00-15.00 each he didn’t consider that a bad return.
He said the public is still buying books. Don’t let anyone fool you saying they aren’t. But it’s that authors are just going to have to become more creative in how to get them into the public’s hands and stop relying on other people to do it for you. Others don’t have the time, energy, and resources invested in that work that you do, so why should they care if you make a sale or not?
Then I asked where did he set up shop?
He said anywhere he’s invited or rents a booth and don’t be too choosy about where you’ll go just so long as it’s safe. He said he frequented book exhibitions and fairs thru out the country. He stressed he don’t bother with the exhibitions costing a million dollars (big money) to get in for they usual have well-known authors with one of the big publishing houses there backing them and that who’ll take up all the attention.
Then I asked does he haul boxes of books around?
He said, “A few boxes of them…I do, but most people buy them from Amazon. People offline aren’t as picky as those online. If they meet you and like the story they aren’t expecting you to give it to them. ”
I commented, “Authors did this a long time ago.”
He said, “I know. That’s where I got the idea. I figured if they could do in a horse and buggy why can’t I do it in an SUV?”