Friday, October 14, 2011

Why being a self-published author is kind of like being a Salem witch: It’s a good thing by Emlyn Chand

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by Emlyn Chand
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Let’s face it – the publishing industry is changing. We can all pretty much agree on that, right?

What we’ve got on our hands is an oncoming era of enlightenment (I prefer that to the often-touted “revolution”). ‘T wasn’t long ago that being a self-published author was practically as shocking and horrific as being a witch in Salem, Massachusetts circa 1700.

“What damnation have you wrought upon yourself? Upon us all?” The traditional pub villagers would cry as they rushed for their pitch forks and torches. “Be gone with you, unnatural creatures!”

And those unkind words were enough to send us packing. They didn’t have to chase us out of the village, for we never had any real magic, we were never any real threat.


We opened our eyes. We saw the true powers we possessed, and we saw the villagers for what they lacked.

We are able to manipulate our circumstances. We have more control than any who’ve gone before us. Self-publishing truly is magic.

But we can’t just walk around all blasé, showing off our green skin and harry warts while levitating our way through the park. That would be a mistake. We need to put on a little bit of concealer and keep our feet on the ground. We wouldn’t want to scare them away.

Similarly, a self-published or indie author needs to put on a bit of a show. We need to know when to conform to the “village” way of life and when to do our own damn thang. If we can get them to come in for a closer look, they might understand our allure. Then they’ll stop being so afraid.

Our make-up isn’t Maybelline to cover that green skin (I ♥ you, Elphaba). No. We apply our foundation by writing a truly fetching and well-edited manuscript. We dab on the blush when we take the time and expense needed to don an attractive book cover. Our lipstick is a professional, personal, and functional web presence.

Don’t we look pretty? We do, I tell you. And we’re all the more beautiful for knowing that we possess something so much deeper within: creativity, stick-to-it-ness, bravery, and of course – magic.

If you really examine the state of the publishing industry, it’s not the traditional house execs that populate the villages. Oh, they’re definitely the mayors, the cryers, and a few other choice townspeople. But if you want to see who lives in the village, go and knock on a few doors.

It’s the readers, bibliophiles, book addicts. They’re the ones who built this town. The mayor would have no village to govern if ‘tweren’t for them.

And thank God for it!

We arrived on their doorsteps – beaten, bloody, in need of a hot meal and a bit of rest. They may have been put off by our bedraggled appearance, but they ultimately let us in and showed us the true nature of their hospitality.

I kind of like this town; I think I’ll move in ;-D


Guest post by Emlyn Chand, author of Farsighted
© 2011. All rights reserved.

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Book Excerpt: chapter one

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by Emlyn Chand
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--~ eBook Giveaway courtesy of author ~--

by Emlyn Chand
Release date: November 24, 2011
-paranormal, YA

Win a copy of this ebook!

Open to all.

Offer ends: November 13, 2011

TO DO: (2-parts)

1. ONE of these:

ADD this book to your Goodreads


TWEET this: (or click the twitter button on this post)
Giveaway: Farsighted by Emlyn Chand

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  1. Excellent post!!! Funny, but me thinks there's a lot of truth to what Emlyn said ;D

  2. I ♥ Elphaba too!!!

    I added it to my GoodReads! I liked this post so much I also became a fan of Ms. Emlyn Chand!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. I agree with M.A.D. there is an awful lot of truth to the story told, even though we can giggle at life :) Thank you for sharing and for the awesome giveaway opportunity.
    I tweeted (ZDz59001):


  4. :)


  5. Thank you for the giveaway!!

    Tweeted (!/jbronder/status/125431802180546560)

    jbronderblogs at aol dot com

  6. You know I completely agree - the publishing world is changing so quickly now with how big ereaders are becoming. I never would have come across some of the indie reads that I've found if it weren't for my kindle. Though I have to admit I still prefer physical books and alot of indie published authors aren't putting out a paperback.

    More power to the indie publisher!!
    Pabkins @ Mission to Read


  7. Excellent post, as usual! This book definitely sounds like one I would enjoy reading! Thanks for the chance to win a copy:)
    I added this to my TBR list on Goodreads.

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  8. Hi everyone. Thanks so much for all your supportive comments. I just found out my guest post was live on the site, so apologies for my delay in stopping by.

    The publishing industry isn't changing, it's changed. It's such an exciting time to be an author :-)

  9. Oh, special "hi" to AimeeKay. Thanks for being a preemptive fan :-)

  10. Oh, I really like books with characters with some kind of disability, and this one sounds specially good, what with an Indian girl and the ability to see the future!

    I added it to my to-read list:

    (Karla V)

    thanks for the chance!

    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

  11. Great post! I added it to Goodreads.


  12. Thank you, Kah and Rachel! Glad to hear Farsighted has got you interested. Good luck in the give-away :-D

  13. Hi I tweeted!/brandlwyne/status/131123172387995649

    brandyzbooks at yahoo dot com

  14. Wow I'm interested to read on after reading the blurb on Goodreads.
    Added it to my to-read pile!
    Goodreads name: Yee Ching

    Thanks for this giveaway!

  15. Added to my to-read list:


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