The Book <<
THERE COMES A PROPHET
by David Litwack
Published July 9th 2012
from Double Dragon Publishing
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Guest Post <<
What’s life is like after having your first novel published for the world?
I believe most writers write because they have to, because there are characters in their heads screaming for their story to be told. And those characters aren’t impressed that you’re published. This may sound strange to non-writers, but we’re actually not fully in control. Each story has a dynamic of its own. The characters rebel if you make them do something out of character.
As the author, Jean Little, wrote:
"Your only responsibility as a writer is to be true to the story that has chosen you as its writer."
When I’m writing, I have little pride in being published. Writing is a humbling endeavor, a craft with no end point. I can always get better.
So the act of writing doesn’t change much.
What did change was my interaction with the real world. If I hoped to be read—what should be the goal of all writers—I needed to reach out. That meant going to events and participating in social networking. Prior to There Comes a Prophet being published, I had neither a Facebook nor Twitter account. Now I not only have both, and am active on them daily. I also maintain a website and blog. But I spend most of my time reaching out to book bloggers, such as this one (Thank you for hosting me, Renae).
I believe book bloggers play the most important role in the ongoing publishing revolution. Changes in the way books are printed (or created digitally), distributed and marketed have weakened the monopoly of the traditional publishers. Whether you agreed with their taste or not, they at least served as gatekeepers, maintaining a level of quality. Now anyone can publish.
The good news? Wonderful books that had been buried in the profit-only slush piles of the industry are now becoming available. Great new authors are being discovered daily. But the democratization of publishing has also created a quality crisis. Who’s to help the average reader rummage through what is now a public slush pile? The answer—book bloggers. Dedicated readers themselves, they are building up an ever increasing list of followers who trust them. They’re providing a great service to an industry that seems otherwise in chaos.
And yes, I read every one of my reviews and take them to heart. I love being able to hear from readers. Any author, published or otherwise, should always be trying to learn and improve.
What’s the biggest difference since being published? Managing my time, prioritizing between book marketing and book writing. When I sit down to work every morning, I remind myself that I’m a writer, practitioner of an ancient and difficult craft, a storyteller. And that should always come first.
A big thanks to David for sitting down and writing this guest post for me!
It is much appreciated!