Hey hey, all! How're my peeps? :-)
I figured it was about time I got back to a 'real' blog post that wasn't just an update. So here's a rant.
If you don't want to read it (it's a played out topic, after all), skip to the bit that says In Other News.
I am sick to death of the "Traditional" publishing vs. "Self" publishing debate, or rather the skewed version. It seems that every other tweet, Facebook status or email lately links to one of the two sides slagging off the other, and I'm at the point where I hide the damn posts so I don't have to read the same old comments that follow.
For those who have no clue what I'm on about, I'll explain (and probably irritate in the process):
Picture two armies. Each composed of authors, each carrying a banner. One reads "Traditional and/or e-publishing are the way to go!" and the other reads "Nuh uh! Self and/or vanity publishing is, for the following reasons!"
(I know, long banners.)
Traditional proponents will say that their's is the way forward, as the author needs not pay a penny, and the publishers will market for you. Self proponents will point out that their way is a lot faster, and gives you considerably more control over the aspects of publishing.
Sound good, right? And it would be, if they stopped there. Problem is that so many people (many claiming to be "experts" for some reason or other) post these irritating bloody articles that point out only the best points of their choice, while showing the worst points of the other in a hope to sway opinion in their favour.
What I want to know is why. Why do you care if Random Writer #177,543 chooses one side over the other? It's no skin of your nose if they chose an alternate path, is it? If it's because you want them to succeed in their career, give them ALL the facts, not just the ones that make your side look prettiest.
Both sides have pluses, and both have minuses. One is more suitable for certain things, whereas the other is better for others. I'm not going to say any more on that, as there are better articles out there already. Suffice to say, research is the key, as well as a level head. Look at what both sides have to offer, then make up your own damn mind.
I don't know about you, but I feel better. Big ole weight of my chest. ;)
In Other News:
The new project is still in its infancy, but I have a chapter and a bit written (as well as a very specific target wordcount), and a bit more plot. The second main character turned out different to how I'd envisioned him, but I think I prefer this version.
Once I have more plot, I'll throw up some details. Promise!
How is your project going (if you have one)?