Oct 24, 2012
commented on The Self-Publishing Gold Rush Is in Full Swing
If you were right, Paul, I wouldn't be able to make a living as a copy editor for self-publishing authors. And I make a pretty decent living.
I've had more than seventy clients over the last two-plus years. I'm booked up for three to four months in advance. I get five to ten inquiries a week. I'm good at what I do, I'm heavy-handed, work well with my clients, and I charge at a rate commensurate with my established skill level.
My perception is that the perception of what it takes to be a successful self-publishing author has changed, drastically, over the last few years.
Everything I hear — and I keep my ear pretty close to the ground in writing circles — is that such authors have wised up. They know that the only route to self-pub success is through well-written, professionally edited books, eye-popping cover design and display text, and good muscular online promotion campaigns.
As such, they not only crave my constructive abuse, they're grateful for it after I'm done. And they spread the word within their usually wide circles of writer friends. I'm buried in referrals.
I understand that perception takes a while to catch up to reality, though.
May 1, 2012
commented on Stephen King on Mitt Romney
What's with the gratuitous slap at King's novels? "Under The Dome" and "11/23/63" were excellent — rich, robust, ambitious and crazy original. I'd rather read those than the arid, airbrushed, MFA-ey, every-sentence-is-its-own-shrink-wrapped-universe stuff on the Michiko Kakutani Fellatrix Circuit.