…Lost and Found advertisements…answers to the name…

HE was considered the school dunce…slowest in his class… would never amount to much…HE was Sir Winston Churchill…THEY would be lucky to get an audience anywhere…their stuff would never catch on…waste of time booking them…THEY were The Beatles…HE could hardly hold a conversation until he was four years old…he was considered ‘slow’ minded…HE was Albert Einstein…Fast Forward in Master Gallacher’s Time Machine to our modern age…IT will never be a permanent fixture…too many reasons why it won’t work…never get universal acceptance…IT is indie self-publishing..’d’you see a kinda pattern in there someplace?…I certainly do, and I’m REALLY DUMB…the swell of UNconventional wisdom is becoming unstoppable…learned discourse now points to swarms and swarms of writer butterflies emerging from their author chrysalises to beat their myriad wings against the bulwark of BIG PUBLISHING (how bluudy poetic is THAT?!! My word, you do get good vocabulary value in this blog, doncha!!??)…years ago, I came across the most wonderful snippet, buried as a throwaway footnote in one of the old Readers Digests (embdy remember them?) captured in somebody’s local newspaper’s Lost and Found Advertisements — “…Found. One small kitten, about six weeks old, black fur, with white paws and cute pink nose…answers to the name, ‘Go Away…” …I can’t help but get that ‘deja vu’ sense of “Go Away’ with the indie author phenomenon…IT”S HERE TO STAY , and if you’re not sitting on the bus when it takes off, you’re gonna miss the ride… get your tickets here, NOW… meantime, I’m going back to bed,, Nurse’s got my calm-me-down-stuff-in-a big-bottle.. see you later …

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11 responses to “…Lost and Found advertisements…answers to the name…

  1. Well said. There will, no doubt, be a winnowing, but the thorn in the side of big publishing is here to stay.

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  2. Great blog. But you’re setting the height of the bar yourself and clearing it nicely with each succeeding blog. Is that scary or what?

    This is a think piece, though, and think pieces invite contrary thought. There is a lot of conventional snobbery against the Indy writer and E-publishing — that’s for sure. And there IS a bus waiting and revving it’s engine. Where I humbly (and I say humbly because I wouldn’t want to fight in brain-to-brain combat with you. My gray matter is highly non-confrontational, if not a bit cowardly.) …humbly disagree is that there will always be another bus waiting behind the first and one behind that, as long as there is absolutely no editorial qualification with Amazon, B & N, Smashwords and the like. The fact has to be accepted that ANYONE can publish. Hell, they published me! I’m allowed to sit on the bus, grinning and rubbing shoulders with the likes of a Shakespeare and a Milton — though the conversation won’t be sterling. Still I’ll be there.

    The question has to be, if the mediocre and the brilliant are dropped off at the same terminal will the former take up residence there while the latter moves up and onward to reach a level of higher appreciation? Do they reach levels that their competence as writers deserve?

    Perhaps yes. Perhaps no.

    But, here’s the kicker: A previously undiscovered Indy writer, whether he writes crap or literary manna, will only rise to the level that his marketing skills (which should be read “social media marketing skills”) will take him. In the Indy market-place these “skills” are FAR MORE IMPORTANT to the FINANCIAL SUCCESS of a piece of writing than the quality of the piece.

    If you truly have written a masterpiece, but know nothing about how to market it, then don’t bother to go the Indy route. Go the way of conventional publishing. Roll the dice and/or pray over where to send your baby. Invest in stamps and envelopes, the patience of Job and an incredibly thick skin. While you wait for a response you can allow yourself the luxury of suffering — and isn’t that a privilege that conventional authors are supposed to love doing? It’s a badge of sorts, isn’t it?

    On the other hand,if you have written a piece of &%#@$% but have 50,000 little twitter salesmen and a couple thousand Facebook friends ready to RT, or Like you — and, in addition, you have thrown together a free — or cheap — blog or website in which to plaster your book’s cover [take a breath, Jay, take a breath] you may have just bought yourself a first class ticket to take you all the way to Success City!

    But wait. Here’s the important difference. If you have put in the time and disciplined yourself to discriminate between what you have written that is good and what you have written that is bad …and you know that you know that you know that the product you have just finished writing is better than a lot out there and is the absolute best you can do at this moment … you DESERVE to succeed in paper OR digital print. If, in addition, you have devoted the necessary time to developing the social skills in the electronic media, and have cultivated REAL friendships in Twitter, Facebook and, of course, the blogs you follow and who follow you, truly (and he repeats louder) TRULY, you are ready for Indy-hood.

    Or… perhaps an easier way: dog the footsteps of a master of the craft of writing and of the skill of selling — Seumas Gallacher. Add to that TIME and a generous dollop of luck, and you very well might have success!

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    • Jay,
      I bow to your insight, wisdom, and undoubtedly well-earned place at the front of ANY transportation towards the writers destination. I’m delighted to invite contrary viewpoints on anything that appears in these blogs of mine. In essence, I think you know that we are actually on the same page with this (literally and metaphorically), my blog posts’ content and style are merely my little attempt to brand myself in the blogosphere. THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE for good writing. To bastardize the quote from Mr Lincoln, “You can fool some of the people some of the time..etc..” but bad work or mediocre will usually ultimately result in failure.

      The social networking universe, of which I am a recent discoverer, is amazing in its catchment, but sadly, there are multitudes of blogs whose content leave much to be desired. For my part, blogging assuages a couple of things, it replaces in spades the vanity press element that most writers probably would want to embrace at some point, for who among us doesn’t want to be published, in whatever format, but more significantly, it gives me immense pleasure to practice with the words on here. The most superior bonus of all of that, is getting to know people like yourself on here ( and that’s NOT meant in any sycophantic way!)

      By the way, if you ever feel like doing ANYTHING in the way of a guest piece here, you would brighten this spot beyond recognition. Thanks again, Jay. Have a great week, Sire…:):)

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  3. As usual, you cover a nice little gem of absolute truth with banter and an irresistable flavor of hijinks….well said, my friend. The Era of the Writer is upon us..rejoice! 🙂

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  4. Pingback: …Lost and Found advertisements…answers to the name…my friend, author Seumas Gallacher, offers up a witty – and true – statement on the status of indie publishing… « Thomas Rydder

  5. Giveaway went well,, this is the second wave giveaway on that particular novel, (my first ) THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY, this time exceeded 4,000, which added to the first time around of 8,000+ is wonderful.. great mileage …buildling the platform,Sire,,!! :):)

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  6. 12,000 combined are huge numbers. Others I’ve spoken with who had similar success with their freebies tell me there is a residual increase in their paid sales just subsequent to their giveaway. Has that been your experience? I’m curious only because I’m thinking of having a promotion on my short story collection. I’ve never had more than 800 E-copies given away in my past promotions. And there was a spike of perhaps 10 paid sales later. 12,000 + is astounding!

    We must talk. Are we friends on FaceBook? I think so. Sometime when we have the leisure perhaps we can go on the chat board, if for no other reason than to get your email addy. I’m hoping we can help each other. Why don’t I just say it: I’m hoping you can help me! Haha.

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