Alex J Cauvanaugh.
What am I insecure about? And what does that have to do with gatekeepers and a disappearing Beth? Sales. I'm insecure about sales. Book sales. You want to know why? Because in the past month I've talked to so, so, so many writers whose well-written books are not selling well. I'm not saying well-written as in my personal stamp of approval. I'm saying well-written as in a 4-5 star overall rating. People who read it seem to enjoy it. The problem is no one is picking it up. I'm not talking about unknown self published writers, small press writers, or big 5 writers. I'm talking about all of the above. That's right the cries I've heard have been across the board. So what's an overanalytical girl to do if not search for a cause? So search I did. I learned 1.5 million more books were created in 2012 than 2011. So that's N (number from 2011) plus 1.5 million our books have to compete with. The main reason for this is the self publishing phenomenon. That's why I've jumped ship. I now believe we do need gatekeepers. Before you start rolling your eyes hear me out. The extra 1.5 million books is extra competition for us all. Truthfully, a lot of these 1.5 million extra books are unedited crap slapped inside a pretty cover and rest comfortably on some amazon bestseller's list. While I have nothing against self published writers, (I'm actually self published) if you are publishing unedited crap for me to compete with be assured you are so not on my Christmas list. Here's the thing the old way took longer to get published, but once you did you had a better chance of making a comfortable living. Self publishing allows anyone and everyone to be published. The downside is a saturated market.
And what about the disappearing Beth? I'm hoping to add another book to the mound. This could very well be my last post until next IWSG as I need to finish my book.