Publishing a first book has never been easy is correct. Only points out the fact that the old publishing industry has never been properly manned to handle the talent workload. It’s just been an arbitrary decision by an agent or publisher…usually generated by uncontrollables such as his mood, hangovers…an eye catching lead-in that might catch his/her eye today but not tomorrow, etc,etc, ad infinitum. AND they say if you don’t dot an “i” or cross a stupid “t” OR your margins aren’t a certain friggin width…the idiots won’t even read the content that might be ingenious or wildly entertaining! These types need another job or a resetting of their priorities.
It’s nauseous and always been a stacked industry, deeply bent in favor of publishers and exploitive of the talent that made them the damn money in the first place!
AND THEN they want you (the author) to do the hard work for them by marketing your own book to make them the money…Who needs them? What good do they do in today’s atmosphere? The 30-40% split they allow you is a rip off! Should be the other way around and for what the publishers do they should be happy to get 30-40%…in fact, that’s probably too high!
In truth, publishing has never been an efficient industry and they probably deserve to die as they are now and just go away. Self-publish or get a “newer-age” publisher (that I feel has to emerge to fill the gap) that will allow the intellectual property creator to pocket the more rightful 60-70% of the earnings. Let’s get the dog wagging the tail again instead of the other way around…