Paula’s Post #93
It is almost New Year’s Eve and I’m off for a night out with the family, at Pizzetta in Old Koloa Town. Since it is not very nice to keep four year old’s waiting, (there are consequences, or so I’ve learned) today’s post will be short.
Really, it’s all about a photo. One single photo, that caused me to stop and think.
So, as we say good-bye to 2014 and move into 2015, I hope all of you who have written a book, or are writing a book, or even hope to write a book, will take a good long look at the world of traditional publishing, and decide if it is still the only option for you.
Perhaps it is. On the other hand, perhaps it is time to take a look at indie and digital publishing, as we 5writers are now doing.
Take a look at the photo below.
I snapped this with my iPad at the Palm Springs airport back in September of this year, on my way back from a conference in Miami. When we arrived at PSP it was about 109F (no, I’m not exaggerating). To make matters worse, the airport is ‘open air’,
But I saw this book display rack and pulled up cold. Ok, maybe not cold, but short. Yeah, much better – I pulled up short, struck by the list of all too familiar names in fiction.
Yes, that was my reaction when I saw this collection on offer.
You should be able to read the names for yourself, even with the heat waves shimmering through the window of the shop, highlighting their shiny paper covers. I’m sorry the photo isn’t a bit better, I was juggling my purse, iPad and luggage to get this photo, but you get the idea.
So did I. I really don’t think traditional publishing is the place for me. Not now. Maybe not ever.
Am I disappointed about this? Strangely, no. I actually found it somewhat liberating to see this display. One of those moments you see, with vivid clarity, that it is time to change tack.
That was my reaction. I’m interested in yours.
Happy New Year.