Steena Holmes Dan Holloway via How to Successfully Self-Publish:
We are increasingly hearing about the hybrid model, with authors deciding for which books and in what ways to engage publishers and/or agents, who then become partners, singing to the author’s tune.
Whilst I have to say a part of me wonders if there aren’t some elements of utopianism creeping in, it is certainly true that many agents and publishers are starting to change the way they view their relationships with authors. And I certainly think what writers are doing, taking the reins – or at least setting out to – in these relationships, is fabulous, and definitely in the indie spirit.
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My decision to self-publish was based largely on the fact I didn’t want a writing career. I would positively hatehaving a writing career. As I have said many times, I am very lucky. I have a day job. It’s a menial clerical job, and it doesn’t really pay the bills – there’s no way my wife and I will ever be able to afford to own a home, and on the wrong side of the cusp of our 40s we are still mired in debt that we’re not clearing. But for the time being we have food and shelter and I have a day job I can cope with, given my fragile mental health.
It has never really crossed my mind that I could make a living as a writer. I know that to do so I would have to write the kind of thing that just doesn’t come naturally to me.
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But writing it was like having my teeth pulled. And trying to write the sequel was like trying to conjure new teeth from the raw, bleeding pits where those teeth once were — and pulling them again.
I can’t do it.
I don’t enjoy it
And I’m not particularly good at it.
In other words, to make a career at writing I would have to turn it into a day job. And I won’t do that. Next to my wife, my cats, and my rats, writing is my great joy in life, and I want to keep it that way.
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Self-publishing gives me the freedom to do what I love and to push at any boundary I want with no considerations other than the writing. With nothing to pull me back, nothing to pull me to the centre of the bell curve.
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I think there is a tendency for large sections of the media, and many writers, to mistake a lack of concern for sales with both a lack of seriousness and a lack of ambition.
Link to the rest at How to Successfully Self-Publish