Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Publishing

Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Publishing The Publishing World Continues To Evolve, But Myths About Who Can Make A Living As A Fiction Writer Maintain A Life Of Their Own Whether You Pursue Traditional Or Indie Publishing Success, You Need To Know The Pitfalls And Traps That Undermine Many Writers Careers In This WMG Writer S Guide, USA Today Bestselling Author And Former Publisher Dean Wesley Smith Addresses The Ten Most Damaging Myths That Writers Believe In Modern Publishing Topics Include Right Vs Wrong Writing Speed Rewriting Agents Books As Events Quality Writing To Trends Making Money Writing Is Hard Career Killers

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  • Paperback
  • 126 pages
  • Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Publishing
  • Dean Wesley Smith
  • English
  • 12 July 2018
  • 9780615959511

10 thoughts on “Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Publishing

  1. says:

    Dean Wesley Smith published 11 novels in one year GR has him listed as having 336 distinct works and he s sold a heap of short stories to anthologies and magazines Plus, he has pen names.Edward Taft Dee W SchofieldD.W Smith Sandy SchofieldKathryn WesleyOh, and he s also a ghost writer.He s been a writer, editor, story coach and still plays poker professionally He has posted a daily blog for something like 1257 days now His website is headed the writing and opinions of DWS because he is very outspoken about his opinions.http The ones he hates the most are the ones like these myths that stop people writing This book is made up of some of his blog posts rewritten a bit I think this was in a Nanowrimo humble bundle I grabbed one year.And for heaven s sake, be extra, extra careful when you listen to any writer who is not a long distance down the publishing road ahead of you Kindle Locations 94 95 I can t tell you how often I have used Kindlespy to look up a person s sales figures to see if they match their claim They usually don t And they are usually WAY off.Or seen courses on how to write from people who haven t published a thing other than how to write books.This business is fluid and crazy most of the time, and the need for security screams out in most of us So in the early years we writers search for rules to follow, shortcuts that will cut down the time involved, secret handshakes that will get us through doors It is only after a lot of time that professional writers come to realize that the only rules are the ones we put on ourselves In my early years I was no different.Writers are people who sit alone in a room and make stuff up The problem we have is that when we get insecure without rules, we make stuff up as well Kindle Locations 158 163 Ain t that the truth Myth Slow writing is better.I am the world s worst typist I use four fingers, up from two, and if I can manage 250 words in fifteen minutes I m pretty happy I tend to average around 750 1,000 words per hour of work Then I take a break I am not a fast typist, but I am considered a fast writer because I spend time writing than the myth allows Kindle Locations 367 369.This week I know I had a few periods in which I wrote 2,300 words an hour or 38 words a minute That s a slow typing speed but a little faster than Smith I did it in 20 minute spurts and went for walks in between.Laurie Starkey wrote 46k words her whole YA book in one day just to see if she could.Whether it s good or bad is up to the reader, in the end But rewriting it endlessly doesn t fix major errors You can t polish a turd.Smith loves Robert Heinlein s writing rules.He s pretty down on literary agents.You go to a hotel and meet a total stranger They agree to take months of your work and sell it, then you trust this total stranger after they have sold your work with getting you all the money from your work and all the paperwork for that money You don t know the person And only in publishing do otherwise sane and smart business people think this sort of thing makes sense Kindle Locations 797 800.Yeah okay, that s terrifying when you put it that way.He s not keen on sensitivity readers either.Writing careers can NOT be killed unless the writer stops writing But the belief that a career can be killed by a mistake is often terminal for a writer Kindle Locations 1866 1867 Write a scene, then write another, and another make sure they connect to take you through the story.Tell your story you re the only one who can.4 stars

  2. says:

    Yesterday, I came across a counterpoint to the chapter on agents

  3. says:

    What a refreshing read Much of what he says in this book is what I ve sensed or discovered in my own writing publishing journey but was afraid to commit to because it was so counter cultural to what everyone is saying in the publishing world Now I m motivated to follow my own path, my own discernment in my writing.

  4. says:

    Good book on the various myths in the writing business I can t remember what all was in this because I read it a while back, but I remember it being a valuable book I should probably read it again.

  5. says:

    An excellent book, an excellent blog, and an excellent series.At first I was turned off by the blog because it was so revolutionary and contrary to everything I d been told about being a writer and having gone to graduate school for creative writing, I d been told a lot of things But the I researched and the I thought about things, the it seemed that Dean Wesley Smith is, in fact, brilliant.I m so grateful I came across these books when I did They have totally shifted my approach to writing and publishing.

  6. says:

    Quick myth buster Lead me to his blog which I enjoyed reading.

  7. says:

    I ve been putting off reading this for a while now, so it s probably 4 years out of date, seeing how fast the publishing industry changes year to year I mainly picked it up because I needed ammo for my Paths to Publishing project, so I thought I d see what Dean Wesley Smith had to say.On the whole, most of what he says seems to be good advice and supremely encouraging for a new writer trying to break into publishing He seems to be of a self publishing advocate, though he holds that there are good reasons to try to get into traditional publishing Funny, since he s traditionally published for the most part A LOT of what he says also goes against the grain of what is being taught in creative writing courses clears throat but are also things that I ve picked up along the way from the past three years figuring out my writing and publishing goals Also, he uses the term indie published, indie writers, etc, so I feel slightly vindicated because I got chewed out for using indie publishing to refer to self publishing and small one person publishing houses or collectives in outlining my proposed project and was told that I need to show my professional knowledge of the industry by um, not using the term that everyone else except old farts are using I shall try not to be bitter The world changes very quickly it s easy to become irrelevant without realising it.The only thing I am unsure about and maybe it s a sacred cow I m too scared to kill is that agents have 0 use in the industry I mean, personally, I know that agents are probably made too much of and you can succeed without one, or by going indie, but at the same time, the way the publishing industry seems to work in the UK, you most probably like 80% need one to get a foot in the door at all He seems to indicate that it IS possible to ignore no unsolicited agented notices and direct email the editor anyway, but I don t know if that s a UK USA difference, his prediction of the agent publisher relationship has veered off in the intervening 4 years, or he s not realising the industry veteran privilege he has for having been in the industry for 30 years Still It s a good book to read if only to open your eyes to the myriad ways you can actually succeed as a writer and not buy into the starving artist closed market constant rewrite mindset.

  8. says:

    Dean Wesley Smith details ten of the most destructive and well spread writing and publishing rules that has crushed writers, new and old over the years If you have had a serious interest in writing fiction for any amount of time, you ve come across at least one, if not all of them Smith calls them sacred cows of publishing due to their spread as hard fast commandments in much of the writing community, both online and off He explains each of the sacred cows , their origins and why they are destructive, and counters the myth through the lessons he has learned in his four decades of fiction writing experience.This book was, and still is a life saver I was trapped in the myths for a while, and found my interest in writing almost snuffed out Smith does not sugar coat with his blunt delivery, but at the same time, it s a relief to be free of a lot of the constraints that have been put on by myself and others because it s the way it s done in the writing world I m able to do things my way instead of crushing myself trying to follow the right way I come back to certain chapters as a confidence boost when I get bombarded with these sacred cows elsewhere and feel like I m doing things wrong As a warning, you have to have an open mind to at least consider his proposals If not, you re not going to get much out of this book, sadly.There s a follow up book, Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Indie Publishing that is geared towards indie writers and authors, and a third book in the works, which will be published once he assembles ten myths he s up to 6 as of this posting.

  9. says:

    Sobre Dean Wesley Smith solo puedo decir que si estoy escribiendo ahora estas l neas es gracias a l Su blog es una lectura obligada y un ejemplo de c mo ofrecer todos los d as contenido fresco, interesante y til Con todo, no es un superventas, pero es que no necesitas ser un escritor de best sellers para vivir de la literatura y Dean es un buen ejemplo de ello Parte del xito de Dean est explicado en este libro, en el que no deja t tere con cabeza y acaba con diez de los mitos m s arraigados en escritores y lectores sobre la escritura Sigo a Dean desde hace tiempo y ya hab a le do estos art culos cuando los public en su blog, pero volv a comprarlo en un pack de storybundle porque lo merece Es un libro que te har abrir los ojos y perder el miedo a escribir y a divertirte escribiendo Si quieres dedicarte a escribir, no pierdas ni un minuto y hazte con l.

  10. says:

    Si el primer Killing the top ten sacred cows fue uno de los libros que m s me impuls a escribir, como cont en mi rese a, esta segunda entrega sube el list n y afronta el lado econ mico de este negocio porque es un negocio, si te lo tomas como un pasatiempo no necesitas leer este libro Hay muchos buenos consejos encerrados en este libro, que recomiendo a todo escritor independiente que quiera ganarse la vida escribiendo Me quedo con la necesidad de pensar a largo plazo y escribir siguiendo tus impulsos art sticos y no las tendencias del mercado Viniendo de un escritor con cuarenta a os de experiencia en todos los campos de la publicaci n tradicional e independiente, creo que esos consejos tienen mucho m s valor Una lectura absolutamente recomendada

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