I’ve worked in publishing for over twenty years now, and in all that time I have been amazed by the huge amount of misinformation about publishing which floats around on the periphery of the industry.
As writers’ websites and message boards have proliferated across the internet, the amount of publishing misinformation has increased on a dramatic scale.
Most of this misinformation seems to spring from the same sources:
- Novice writers who are convinced that a vast conspiracy exists within publishing, which exists solely to prevent them from being published.
- Writers who lack the talent or knowledge to secure a commercial publishing deal.
- Writers who have settled for self-publishing or vanity publishing because of their lack of success, ability or knowledge.
- The unscrupulous, who choose to take advantage of the aspirations of writers without the talent or knowledge to avoid them.
I strongly advise all writers, no matter how long they’ve been involved in publishing, to double-check their sources before accepting an opinion as fact. Or before dismissing advice that seems, on the face of it, at odds with all they’ve learned. Especially when signing a contract.