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Publishing, the Great and Powerful

Throughout my near four years at Ball State University, I have always heard my professors telling us stories about the publishing world, but I guess I never really listened until this semester.

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1. Author Platforms – they are extremely important, even more so today with all the social media outlets. Author platforms are basically an author’s following. It’s important for an author to have a platform when publishing a book, otherwise who else would read the book if not the fans?

2. Editors – they don’t really know what they want, that is literary editors. Some are genre specific, plot specific, etc, and don’t really ever seem quite happy with what they have, always wanting to change it, transform it into something different. Sometimes this is a good thing, though.

3. The Process – it really is a lot more complicated than it seems. With all of the different, less than noteworthy book that have been released recently, it may appear that the publishing process it quite easy. And books like Twilight and the 50 Shades trilogy aren’t helping very much. Personally, I keep thinking that if books like these are being published, how hard can it really be??? Right??? Not quite…there’s a lot more to it than one might think, and a lot more people involved in the process. Which leads me to…

4. The People – there’s more than you think, working like little bees in a hive to produce one thing. It’s not just you, your agent, and your editor. It’s so much more than all of that. Besides those three, there are marketers, all the publishers involved in your project at the publishing house, the bookstores, the manufacturers, the buyers, etc. It’s a whole spiderweb effect with you and your project at the center.

5. $$$ – the money. Will it cascade from the sky in beautiful green fountains? Probably not. Guaranteed. Unless you somehow swap minds/talent with Stephen King, Kathy Reichs, JK Rowling, or someone else with just as much talent, you won’t make oodles and oodles of cash. I know, harsh reality. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that, because we see all the books and authors pulling in so many sales, and think that that could be us one day. However, one thing you might not think about is: how many books lost out in that competition in comparison? Probably a lot more than anyone could really know.

6. Publishing – the process is harder than you think…and longer too! Over the years, as social media and independent presses have grown in number, getting your book published has become harder. Or at the very least, getting your book recognized has become much, much harder in recent years, because there are many, many more books to compete against. (Check out this organization that promotes independent presses and books)

7. Time – publishing takes longer than you really think. It’s not a simple, cut and dry process. You hand out a finished manuscript, the publishers print it up and get it out on the shelves asap. NOT! A lot more time and effort goes into publishing than that. A LOT more time than that, and like I said before, there’s so much more that goes into the publishing process. Editing, re-editing, re-editing what you’ve already re-edited, marketing, blurbs, reviews, so on and so forth until it’s finally finished and they pick a season to release the book. Fall = the best. Winter = supposedly no one buys books after Christmas… But serious reviews are more likely. Good luck. Spring = is okay, but not as good as Fall. If you can’t have your book released in the fall because stores are too busy with the latest Stephen King or JK Rowling novel, spring is a decent second. Summer = amusing beach reads are popular.

All in all, there’s a lot about the publishing world that I didn’t know, and a lot more that I still don’t know. Some of it takes experience, and some of it will just take time. One thing that I need to remember though is that it’s not as easy as it looks, and I can’t be blinded by all the success stories.

And just one last little things to look at/think about… Truth be told, I just found it online.

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Pink is for Girls, Blue is for Boys

Pink is for girls, blue is for boys…something we’ve all heard or thought at one point or another, right? I’ll admit I used to think that, until I had a blue room, then I thought I was a rebel. But what is with these stereotypes, that certain things are for boys only and others are for girls only? Currently, one of my classes is dealing with the idea of stereotypes when it comes to reading (specifically, when it comes to reading comics), and it got me thinking: How many people actually fit into these stereotypes?

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We were assigned a couple of readings about manga comics and throughout the entire reading, the idea kept coming up that comics are for men. Then, one of my classmates explained that because it’s written mostly by men, mostly men read it. But is that really true? In my head this explanation translated to: comics, adventure, horror, etc are for boys and girls should stick to romance. It’s thought that I’m supposed to be reading romance, instead of secretly snuggling up with horror books. Where do we get these ideas, anyway? Just because most romance books are written by women means that women are supposed to read them?

Some of my favorite authors are men (Stephen King, JM Barrie, Michael J Fox, etc) and my favorite female authors wrote books with male leads (JK Rowling, SE Hinton, etc), so what does that say about me? Does anyone actually fit into these stereotypes? I know I sure don’t.

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Oh, the horror…

So, one of my favorite authors of all time is Stephen King: The Master of Horror. I’ve written term/research papers on him, I’ve read/watched anything he’s produced, and I’ve started collecting first edition copies of his books. Today, however, I find myself steering towards whatever he writes, whether it be short stories, novels, or screenplays.

In my last post, I talked about how I tend to devour books. However, when it comes to the works of King, I find myself taking my time to let everything soak through me (I still burn through the books faster than most people though). Stephen King has been scaring America for most of his life with the fantastically spooky worlds he spins. Sadly, it’s because of this fondness for King’s stories that has caused so many of his stories to be flashed up onto the big screen (or the TV in the cases where he didn’t want to cut the times down to a suitable amount). And now that Hollywood seems to be losing it’s creative flare, more and more of his stories keep getting optioned, and it’s starting to get a little tiring, annoying, etc.

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What’s wrong with the original movies? We’re going onto the third releasing of “Carrie,” adapted from King’s novel Carrie, the second releasing of “IT” (which isn’t even keeping true to the story), and the second releasing of “The Stand.” Sissy Spacek, John Ritter, Tim Curry, and Gary Sinese did fantastic jobs in these movies, just leave well enough alone.

Now, I know other movies based off of his books have more than one edition, but in all fairness…He called for those, like with The Shining. I’m sorry, but Stanley Kubrick butchered that story. The Twins? Never mentioned. Jack Nickolson’s death? Kubrick’s imagination running wild. Scatman Crothers’ death by axe? Never happened, didn’t even have an axe in the book. The reason this infuriates me is because when directors decide to take these stories and mutilate them, and then every time I go to read those stories, I have to block out the memories of the movies in order to fully enjoy it. All the remakes are just starting to get nauseating when I go to read a good book. I wonder if I’m the only one this bothered by the issue.

Stephen King once said, “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” I find this to be very true, but I’s becoming more and more difficult to keep the horror of Hollywood at bay while I enter these magical worlds.

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A Sudden Hunger

Thirst. Hunger. Need. Want. All words associated with the sudden desire to devour more books than would seem humanly possible. Recently, my hunger for books has seemed insatiable. Ever year, my mom asks me to write up a Christmas list – a list of ideas for Christmas gifts so she’s not bumbling around in the dark and so I can still be surprised Christmas morning, not fully knowing what will be waiting for me. Being her only child, she still enjoys this part of Christmas very much, despite the fact that I am twenty-two. This year, I received five books among my gifts. Before I returned to campus I had already read four of them. Between December 25 and January 8, amidst the Christmas festivities, my grandparents’ anniversary, New Year’s celebrations, and my mom’s birthday, I was able to become completely lost in four separate books, all over 300 pages.

Upon my return home this past weekend, I had one major project: clean up my room. My mom is getting the house refinanced and is expecting an inspector, so my room needed to be in tip-top shape. This meant getting rid of the books that cluttered up my room. Besides the extremely large built-in bookshelf that encompasses one solid wall in the basement Rec room, I have a small collection on an even smaller bookshelf in my room – a place to put my absolute favorites, just inches from my bed. So, I pulled all the books around me and embarked upon the seemingly impossible task of choosing which would stay and which would be banished to the basement bookshelves – book shelves I have to climb in order to actually reach any of my books. During this brief stay, I informed my mom to keep an eye out for a delivery for me – more books, to my delight and her dismay. Not that she doesn’t like books, we are just running out of room to stash them.

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When I told one of my friends how many books I had read, she looked at me, pure shock on her face, and demanded: “How do you do that???” I shrugged my shoulders. I don’t know. Do I graze? Do I daze off? Do I actually pay attention? I don’t know. I’d like to think I pay attention and take everything in. So, then, I began to wonder if it was the material I was reading. Was it too easy? I didn’t think so. Here’s my GoodReads, check it out for yourself.

Even now, I’m tempted to abandon this blog and pick up one of my books. Am I the only one who finds themselves reading like this at times? And not just out of necessity for work or school, but for fun? I hope not. I am reminded of a quote from Stephen King: “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” Is this what happened to me? Was I transported by the book’s magic, losing myself in it? I hope so.

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