Friday, August 08, 2014
Writing: The More Things Change...
Two confessions here, in the interest of full disclosure: First, I'm working under a contract from a traditional publisher. When it has run its course, I will have had ten novels of medical suspense plus a non-fiction book on the loss of a spouse published. Second, I have no objection in principle to self-publication, although frankly it isn't my choice, given my current circumstances.
Having said that, let me share with you some words from the extremely talented writer, the late John D. MacDonald. This is from a re-publication of his novel, Slam The Big Door, and the copyright of the introduction from which this is taken is 1960. "There is a general feeling that publication in hardcover is necessary if a book is to have any cachet of importance. It is the class act, mollifying the snob in every writer. I do not really know why this should be so." Change "hardcover" to "published by a traditional publishing house," and this is as fresh as tomorrow's newspaper.
I'll let you make your own decision about this difference of opinion that exists. Instead, I'll leave you with another quotation from MacDonald: "I have always believed that the package does not make that much difference. The idea should be to get the work out to where people can buy it. If it is published on Kleenex or forty pound rag bond is not as important as its accessibility."
Now, I'm anxious to hear your comments.