I still seem to be challenging traditionalists at Litopia http://litopia.com/forum/does-unpublished-writer-need-agent who continue to turn their noses up at self-publishing. No matter how many times I say well yes we’d all love to have the great agent and publisher behind us, they can’t seem to comprehend that self-publishing and putting yourself out in the marketplace, building a following, proving that you can market yourself can be a way to the promise land of being professionally joined to industry expertise.
Here was my latest attempt at making my point :
Perhaps I should rephrase my argument to read–wouldn’t an agent and publisher rather represent someone who has proven themselves in the marketplace and as a self-promoter, than the “precious” author/artist who cannot bring herself to do the long hours of marketing required to sell your product to those who do not read “literary magazines, major genre specialists etc.”
I think in this new world of publishing–for it surely is a new world–unless you are truly special and your gifts apparent for all to see–you’d better be prepared to hustle your buns off if you want to be read.