J.M. Reep

Posts Tagged ‘writing’

Literati In Platforms

In Commentary on July 12, 2009 at 11:08 pm

The big buzzword in publishing today is “platform.” If you’re a new writer who wants a deal with a big publishing company, you have to demonstrate that you have a platform.

Platforms have always been around in one form or another, I suppose. Basically, a platform is your base — your network of readers and fans that you have developed, especially the network you’ve developed on your own. Creating a platform used to mean publishing short stories or articles or poems or whatever else you could get into print. It was the list of publication credits that one included in one’s query letters to agents and publishers.

But just because you had amassed a long list of publication credits before you wrote your first novel didn’t necessarily mean you had a fan base. This was especially true if most of one’s credits were from literary journals. Often, the only people who bother to read literary journals are other writers trying to figure out how they, too, can get published in that same journal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Newsflash! Fiction Writers Are Liars

In Commentary on June 21, 2009 at 11:27 pm

(This is a post originally intended for, and recently posted to, another blog of mine. I thought it was relevant to Post-Publishing, so I’ve edited it a bit and posted here.)

I read a story recently (here’s a link to it) about a blogger who has stirred up quite a bit of controversy because she lied about the events she was blogging about. Her name is Becca Beushausen and her blog documented her pregnancy and the birth of her daughter, April Rose — who then died suddenly a few days after she was born. The only problem: Becca wasn’t pregnant and she didn’t have a baby. She made up the whole series of events. This might not have been a big deal if Becca’s blog had attracted only a handful of followers (like most blogs do), but apparently, Becca’s blog quickly attracted thousands of loyal followers and well-wishers. Read the rest of this entry »

Does Indie Nation Have Talent?

In Commentary on June 11, 2009 at 1:54 pm

(This is an article that I published on another site last month. It received such a surprisingly positive response that I had to repost it in this blog.)

Today, I want to revisit an objection to self-publishing that I hear quite often: that only losers and quitters (I myself have been called both those names) self-publish or start their own publishing companies. If I had any talent at all, the argument goes, I’d be able to find an agent to represent me and a real publisher to publish my work. Oh yes, it may take years to find both an agent and a publisher, but if I really think that my work is worth reading, then I should keep at it and not quit (i.e. don’t self-publish). This is an objection that has been refuted a number of times elsewhere on the web, but there’s an underlying assumption in this objection that is often overlooked, and it’s that assumption that I want to address in this post. Read the rest of this entry »

Self-Publishing and Responsibility

In Commentary on June 8, 2009 at 6:54 pm

If you’re reading this blog post, you probably already bring with you a set of assumptions and opinions regarding self-publishing. Perhaps you have a positive opinion of the practice, but chances are your opinion is a negative one. If your opinion is negative, I won’t try to change your mind in this single post, but I would like to address some of the sources of those negative assumptions, and if you are a self-publisher, I’d like to suggest some practical things you can do to try to avoid encountering those negative assumptions as you promote your writing. Read the rest of this entry »