While being a published author is quite exiting, to say the least, being a successfully published author is a completely different ball game. The publisher and the author seem to be the two sides of current literary culture. While the author is an architect of creation, the editor is an extractor of sense. These two are the kingpins of literary culture as we have it today. Writing and editing – “publishing” – could almost be considered two completely different professions, as these worlds are far apart. In fact, the completion of a manuscript is only the beginning of a long epic, often with an uncertain outcome. How to go around such uncertainty; that is the million dollar question.
646 – That is the number of novels published in the traditional way between August and October 2012. Among these published works were future winners of prestigious literary awards, essays and total strangers with first novel publications. These figures reflect a culture in constant motion. From 121 novels in 2004, we went up to more than 600 by 2012. But in this jungle of figures, where many writers go unnoticed, which path should authors and writers follow?
Well, to make things easy for new writers, some agencies and websites dedicated to the “counseling” of young authors have sprung up in different corners of the world. These sites have proven to be quite an interesting, if not lucrative trend in the world of publishing. As new as it is, the trend is already very well established in the United States, through sites, often run by former agents, literary critics and authors. This is evidenced by the success of the Litreactor, an American site positioned between publication counseling and writing workshops. Their services are provided by successful writers. This development certainly goes a long way to demystify the world of publishing where rumors and hurdles abound.
I will be expanding on this topic in my next posts.