Fuck actual publishing

Jason

I find the idea of the book cover insulting.

Without self-publishing, there is just publishing and when apart of a publisher, your book sales begin by being in outlets (Most of the time.) A rep, boasting a multitude of book covers in a jacket, enters an outlet, not with your book, or any of its written content, but rather, just the cover. This person shows off their book covers to the rep at the outlet and the rep chooses the best covers and says “I think I can sell those!” and that is basically how your published book enters an outlet to obtain sales. Mind you, this process leaves the writer with a royalty between 3-7%, usually on the lower end.

When speaking on the profession of writing, all love and care bullshit aside, the writer is still apart of a profession and  should be concerned with monetary gain. Self publishing, through Amazon, the bear minimum you can get is 35%.. 35%.. Fuck all the other bullshit, 35%..

Now ask yourself, is some asshole prancing around with your book cover, worth your time? Worth your money? Is it really, or are you just being subjected to some archaic process, for the simple fact that in the past, for a few select authors, they have found massive success?

This process is just that, a process. Nothing more.. And yet, we find an industry, behind the writer, that is actually trying to sell this process to the author, before they try to sell said authors book.. In essence, before they ever sell a book, they must first sell the process and who is paying for the process of selling the process? The writer.

What I mean to say is that, for the vast majority, this process is simply burdening. It gives life, to a division of this process that is just unnecessary. To sell a book, you need a writer, a seller and a buyer.. That is all.. Anything else is just bullshit. Of course, there is quality control and education, but before that, you need the passion, the fire.

Mind you, I have never been “Published” and I do not mean to discredit those writers who have been subjected to the process, but all the same, they can go fuck themselves too.

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5 Comments

  1. What your prospective reader initially lays eyes on is the packaging of your writing. That visual impact – that first impression according to some of my research – is roughly 90% of their decision to buy your book. The truth is that on first impact, the prospective buyer has no way of relating to what you’ve written other than the title. But whether we like it or not, people are psychologically impacted by images and color.

    Unfortunately, if a book cover looks unprofessional, most potential buyers will translate that into the assumption that the writing is probably just as poor. The beautiful thing about a well-designed cover is that it works to encompass what you’ve written and then sends a powerful message about your book to the public.

    So I don’t think book covers are bullshit. I think they are the frosting on the cake, and a great cover will make a marked difference in your sales as long as you’re doing the necessary marketing. And isn’t the point to get people to buy your work, without packaging, that would seem next to impossible.

    Whether you create your cover yourself, or hire a designer to do it for you, you will want to put as much care into the process and final design as you have for your body of writing.

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    1. I understand where you’re coming from here; you must understand however, that I don’t use any editing tools, I publish with mistakes and overall, I am just a lazy cunt and figure, hey, instead of me changing being a lazy cunt, why not complain about it and get everyone else to change so I can continue being a lazy cunt?

      Wish me luck!!!

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