Self-Publishing: On the Wrong Side of the Revolution

I like to think that I’m a pretty egalitarian sort of gal. I’m all about individual spirit and performance, the success of the underdog, the joys of meritocracy. But when it comes to publishing a book, I think I’m a little, um, elitist.

Personal enterprise and entrepreneurship are fantastic, but I can’t quite get behind self-publishing. There – I said it. The proliferation of independent presses where authors can pay as they go, bypassing the entire agent-publisher-editor nightmare, sounds like a great idea. Authors can get their name in print without needing to get approved by some official source in New York; they can make of it what they will, schlepping their books from store and store and reaping in their own profits independent of publishing houses.

But I just can’t do it. I need that official stamp of approval. I want that traditional prize-winning route of publishing, the route that all my favorite writers took before me. I want to be vetted, to make it past the insane odds of getting noticed by an agent and invited by a publisher, to have the title novelist because I earned it, not because I paid for it.

The truth is, though, that in today’s publishing environment self-publishing is a smarter and smarter idea. The vise placed on publishers for the next big multi-million seller means so many books with smaller sales potential get bypassed. Smaller presses and bookstores are being pushed out. The only real opportunity could be in the ubiquitous self-publishing houses. And more and more writers are getting behind it: many of the writers on my writing listservs, and many bloggers, hail these companies, like Lulu, for good service, good pricing, and the ability to realize their dream of being a published author.

So my snobbery may have to come to an end eventually. I’ll keep trying the traditional route with my novel, clinging to the increasingly old-fashioned notions. Maybe one day I’ll feel more comfortable with the concept of self-publishing. Until then, I’ll keep my snootiness to myself.

And, um, you.

The QRW Makes a Schedule

I like knowing what to expect. Call me a creature of habit, but I like knowing that almost every Wednesday night I have date night with J, that Friday nights we’re probably going to order sushi, that Saturday afternoons we hit LaBamba for a burrito lunch and then go book shopping. Patterns and routines can be boring if you let them, and it may be surprising to see someone that enjoys being quietly rebelliousprofess a love for habit. But I find routine can be constantly made new and exciting, while still being comforting.

Same goes for my web reading and blog visiting. I like knowing what to expect. I like knowing, for example, that although the insights will change and tidbits differ, I will find something freelance friendly and helpful everyday at Freelance Switch or Freelance Folder. I will find snarkiness and feminist quirk aplenty at Jezebel. And the list goes on throughout my blogroll.

I want to offer that same sort of quiet joy and comfort to my readers here at QuietRebelWriter. My goal with this blog is to spark freelance success for writers and creativity for all, by showing ways to flout the rules and thereby enrich your life. I want to be on your daily reading list, zipping into your RSS reader through subscription and into your Firefox or Explorer. So I’m telling you what you can expect. I’m telling you now, clearly and decisively, with excitement and a little scaredy-cat flutterings, what you will find here, and when.

Need more background? Wondering where the hell you just landed? Here’s some help, and here, and here.

Quiet Rebel Writer List of Contents:

Monday: Mondays are tough: ease into the week with a Monday Date, using lyrics, excerpts, poems, scenes and more to break the block and get a creative kick.

Tuesday: Freelancing lifestyle, issues, frustrations and joys in Tuesday’s Freelance Frenzy. Plus, tune in for a handy link round-up. Some of the best and the brightest from the past week.

Wednesday: Live vicariously through my attempts to get that damn novel published in Publishing Aspirations, and learn about tips, resources, and more in your own efforts. Plus, find a book to add to your case with Books to Read.

Thursday: Marketing successes and failures in Marketing Maven. Read about the transcendent power of writing with Writers who Matter.

Friday: At the end of week, all restraint is gone. It’s time for a well-mannered Rant, plus the new crazy sweeping the nation (or at least my office): Word Porn.

Until tomorrow.

UPDATE March 14: Ah geez. So the first week of the schedule is done, and I biffed it. I missed a few promised postings. Stupid loft closing. It eats up some time to own a piece of Chicago, all 1600 sq ft of it. But at least you know my plan, dear readers. And I’ll do my best to stick to it. :)