Publishing/Writing: Insights, News, Intrigue

04/22/2014

The Many Micro and Mega-Aggressions of the Publishing Industry


enhanced-26531-1397235923-1My research of author (AND musician, composer, director, teacher, mentor – among many other things), Daniel Jose Older, revealed an insightful, energetic, multi-talented, compassionate and passionate individual. When I stumbled upon him I was numbed into a trance-like state and couldn’t stop reading about him.

He has written a thought-provoking piece, culled from his memory and experiences during his journey with and through the publishing industry.

“A young writer that I mentor reached out to me last week. “None of these agents look like me,” she said, “and they don’t represent anyone that looks like me.” She’s wrapping up a final draft of her first novel and I’d told her to research literary agencies to get a feel for what’s out there. “What if they don’t get what I’m doing?”

I thought back over the many interactions I’d had with agents – all but two of them white – before I landed with mine. The ones that said they loved my writing but didn’t connect with the character, the ones that didn’t think my book would be marketable even though it was already accepted at a major publishing house. Thought about the ones that wanted me to delete moments when a character of color gets mean looks from white people because “that doesn’t happen anymore” and the white magazine editor who lectured me on how I’d gotten my own culture wrong. My friends all have the same stories of whitewashed covers and constant sparring with the many micro and mega-aggressions of the publishing industry.

“I don’t know,” I said. Useless words, but it was all I had in that moment. I don’t. There are so many paths to success, so many meanings of the concept, and race and power complicate the equation infinitely. It’s not enough for writers of color to learn craft, we need to navigate the impossible waters of an unwelcoming industry. I flailed for words that would prepare her for all that lay ahead; none came.”

— Daniel Jose Older

 

And you thought YOU had a hard time in the publishing clusterfuck🙂 Getting your writing published is hard enough with all the unnecessary, man-made, intrinsic roadblocks – they didn’t need to add one’s skin color to the already dastardly milieu.

— John R. Austin

 

Read this unique and heartfelt publishing experience  by Daniel Jose Older, published in BuzzFeed:

 

Diversity Is Not Enough: Race, Power, Publishing 

 

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05/09/2010

Revolutionary Online Service for the Publishing Industry!

Filed under: book publishers,find authors,publishing agents — gator1965 @ 7:43 pm

An online international service has debuted that proposes to match up writers, publishers, literary agents and all associated fields such as illustrators! AND their database includes “newbie” writers as well! How about that?

This service is worthy of tracking to see how effective their service evolves…This could be BIG…

This press release from i-Newswire.com :

PubMatch.Org is a revolutionary online service for the publishing industry, the main objective of the online service is to “match publishers, authors and agents world wide”. It provides a perfect platform that facilitates the creation of business relationships and encourages the spread of ideas worldwide.

The online service – PubMatch.Org is for all the facets of the publishing industry that deals with the domestic and international rights. It provides information and services to publishers, authors, agents/agencies, illustrators and book lovers.

It is an integrated portal that provides publishers with a readily available database of authors. The newbie writers too get an access to a large database of publishers; their names, contact details and information about the project requirements. Agents play an important role in the publishing industry; they are always on the hunt for new titles and suitable publishers. The portal also helps the publishing agents to link with the new authors and various suitable publishers.

PubMatch.Org is a unique concept, a revolution in the publishing industry; it provides with a world of possibilities to the aspiring publishing professionals.

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PubMatch.Org is a revolutionary online service for the publishing industry, the main objective of the online service is to “match publishers, authors and agents world wide”. It provides a perfect platform that facilitates the creation of business relationships and encourages the spread of ideas worldwide.

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06/08/2009

On Publishing: Jeanne Scott Said:


You’ve certainly been covering the waterfront in researching all the different aspects of getting a first book published, John. Truth be told, I don’t believe it has ever been easy to achieve this feat; but we are in a different and definitely discouraging period. (As I wrote those words I visualized something like the sinking of the Titanic and everybody in a raging, swirling ocean trying desperately to stay afloat economically.) Self publishing is no easy task either, but it is an avenue others have succeeded in accomplishing and may at this time be the sole route for writers like us. I’m cheering for you!!

06/07/2009

Thoughts on the Publishing Industry, My Novel and Other Stuff


This post is taken from my website at http://johnraustin.yolasite.com/ :

6/9/09: Although I’ve had the query letter and book proposal for my nonfiction novel written forever, I have not sent any out due to the upheaval in the publishing industry and the economic downturn.
I have been researching self-publishing as perhaps a maturing industry, coming into it’s own as a result of new technology, to get my novel published and keep more of the money in my own pocket. I have been reporting on this a little in previous posts. This throws us headlong into the necessity of then having to market our own books…but, hell, we had to do that as first-time authors with the traditional publishers anyway!

I will send out queries, however, it’s just a dream to be published by a traditional publishing house.

Good, reputable Literary agents used to be able to get you better deals, I’m not sure anymore. Some spend so much time on blogs that I don’t see how they have any time to properly agent your work…and some have just gotten a little too big for their britches…So, BEWARE of agents that have found new-found fame and followers on their own blogs!!! Could be they are positioning for new jobs in the present industry upheaval.

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