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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Insecure Writers Support Group - Concerns of a Book Author

I just remembered it is the first Wednesday and time for the Insecure Writers Support Group. The A to Z Challenge just completed has made me rethink my writing and has definitely made me insecure about it. Creating a Painting a Day has turned me back in the direction of my art which I somewhat deserted when I started to write novels.

Here are the questions racing about in my head:

1. If a writer is unwilling or unable to work on developing a long "Great American Novel", is it worthwhile to continue to write shorter books to entertain but without a meaningful message?

2. If there is little monetary gain for the time devoted to novel-writing, is it worth continuing?

3. Should a writer consider giving even more time to marketing, promoting, presenting programs, doing book signings, etc. if the potential gain appears limited?

4. More people than ever appear to be self-publishing. Is this a better route for authors than continuing with a small publisher? I've read that mid-list and even some big mainstream authors are going this route.

The book publishing world is crazy and growing ever crazier. What do you think?

"Williamsburg Gardens" - pastel painting ©Mary Montague Sikes
On Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., I'm teaching a pastel workshop at This Century Art Gallery Education Center.

This is for artists of all levels from beginner to advanced. Pastels are one of my favorite art tools. If you are in this area, I would love to show you the joy of working with soft pastels!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Wow! Um... Shorter stories are good. I know a lot of people who've self-published their short stories. And I'm with a small publisher and don't intend to go indie. At least not until I learn a lot more. But they do so much that I never could.

Sarah Chafin said...

I'm still trying to figure out a lot of this stuff myself. I personally think short stories or non literary works are worth it if its what you love. I'm willing to put in hours and hours without getting paid because its what I love to do. I would like to get paid someday though!Simply Sarah

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Alex, I can't help but wonder. I've never tried self-publishing a short story or a novel, but it's amazing to read about those who are with apparent great success.

Sarah, if you love it, do it!

I feel torn between the two, and right now I'm more torn toward painting.