5 Attitudes Toward Publishing You Should Avoid

Writer Unboxed

Today I’m over at Writer Unboxed, discussing the types of attitudes that make me want to issue red-flag warnings to writers. They are:

  1. If I can’t get a deal soon, I’m self-publishing.
  2. I just want to get my book published.
  3. Quality is subjective, and I don’t need a professional editor.
  4. I just need someone to really pay attention.
  5. [x] isn’t relevant any more.

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Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors.

In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, Jane is a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. She also has a book forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, The Business of Being a Writer (March 2018).

Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.

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John R Worsley

Uh oh! When I follow the link to the article, I get a page saying “This Account Has Been Suspended”.

John R Worsley

Ah, much better.  I love that you end with a Nietzche quote.  Did you just happen to know that one, or did look for a suitable quote and come across it?

I would imagine that the most common cause of “If I can’t get a deal soon, I’m self-publishing” is not being in a hurry, but feeling discouraged.  Lots of us find excruciating the idea of enduring the (1)87 rejections we might need to before we find someone who wants to represent/publish us.

Deeone Higgs

Good evening Jane, 

This is my first visit to your site. Upon visiting here, I went over to The Writer Unboxed to read your article. It was extremely insightful and I’m sure it will be helpful when I finish my first book project. I look forward to reading more of your material in the future. Cheers! 

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