@ps_nissim i think this unpopularity is a myth. all of my books have been reviewed well, most have been national bestsellers. some have sold abroad as well. several other writers have done well too, both in sales and with critics and international publishers. I've always found other people who read the international sff people i like. maybe there aren't a lot of books in these genres out every year, but that'll change over time.
@Vishsai not happening in our lifetimes as the resources and training in both creative and sales/marketing will not be available. several companies have tried and failed in the short term. maybe one day. but it has to be organic, and will take a lot of time and sustained effort.
@hackiechan so, 1. Please separate career goals from writing goals because writing is a continuous lottery, at least at first. And even when you can make a living from it, it's up and down and cyclical and will always be unstable and should not be the basis for major financial decisions. 2. No one knows anything. I wish you could pass on some of your self doubt and perfectionism to so many people publishing crap every few months without a care in the world.
@hackiechan Forget other people. It's your first book, I'm guessing? This is the only time you get to write something that's just yours. It doesn't really matter what publishers want, or think they want.
@hackiechan So around nine years after publishing my first novel I actually did an edit on it before releasing it indie on Kindle for territories it had not been published in. I think I cut around 40k words from the entire trilogy. So there's never a point at which you can't make a book better. But. You just have to let it go at some stage, and move on to the next one.
@hackiechan I know so many genuinely talented writers who won't publish for the same reason. But the thing is this sense of everything being horrible and needing at least one more draft never goes away. And the more time you spend on one thing, the harder it is to let it go. And every draft you do probably does make it better. But. You'll feel this way after publishing as well. And then after some years (seven-ish for me) you'll actually feel fond of the damn thing.
@richa_singh I think for writers the hardest part is always going to be the complete surrender of control over the material. it's a wholly different experience.
@richa_singh it was quite insane. as in its hard enough to stay on top of a hundred moving parts when they are just inside your head. when its live people you're supposed to be in charge of who all have spiky personalities? urgh. i havent moved, by the way, im definitely going to keep writing. also, i've worked in a bunch of other media before, so directing was a more a matter of balancing experiences from, say, novels, documentaries, theatre and comics. it was also immensely fun.
@aadvaark well, its far easier to get published, but its also far easier to arrive in the market with absolutely no one being aware you exist. because there were fewer books coming out every week, i was lucky to get some attention - if it were today, the books would just have vanished.
@aadvaark the editing process didnt change it at all - again, possibly because the book was wholly unfamiliar. also, in retrospect i often feel lucky that i started at a time when publishers were willing to experiment.
@aadvaark almost two years. the process is significantly faster now. at the time (this was 2002) it was also a book that they had no context for, so it took a lot of time for them to decide to publish it.
@shivam_janus_bahuguna There's been plenty of writing beyond religious fiction, at least 5 SFF novels every year from major publishers. But mostly there's no push from publishers to keep them in stores beyond a couple of weeks, so mostly found on Amazon etc. I see my own books very rarely in stores, this despite all of them having done relatively well.
@sridala mainly because it's very addictive and I don't need any help to procrastinate.I feel like over the last decade I've learned how to block and mute pre-emptively so the horrible people don't affect me so much. But it's just so addictive. And takes work.
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