More Papers, Please
"The publishing houses don't always know what's going to sell, and just because something doesn't sell doesn't mean it isn't good. On your own site, you say Max Allan Collins is having trouble finding a publisher for his series. Is he any worse a writer than he was in 1976, 1986, or 1996?"
No, but he does get published fairly regularly. Now, if he were to self-publish a Nate Heller book (the series he's currently having trouble selling), I'd be one of the first to buy one. Because he's got a proven track record and the man can definitely write compelling and entertaining prose.
But just because someone can't get published doesn't automatically make them as good a writer as Max Allan Collins.
Hell, forget Max Collins. Most self-pubbed writers aren't even as good as Dick Collins.
And JD Rhoades asked:
"Kevin, how many illegals have you actually dealt with in real life?"
I live in Southern California and work with the public and am by nature pretty gregarious. I go to bars and cafes and malls and markets and use public transit. How many do you think?
Or is there a quota I have to reach before I'm allowed to comment?
By the way, I notice that your Jack Keller books (LOVED the first one, looking forward to the second) aren't self-published. Quality aside, why do you think you got a publisher and so many self-pubbies didn't?
To continue the analogy, many self-pubbies, like illegal immigrants, don't even try to go through traditional channels. Yes, the game may be rigged and the deck may be stacked and the odds are against you, but to trot out another cliche, you cannot win if you do not play.
I also possess a bit more first-hand info about the American immigration process than some of you might -- I'm an immigrant (and was fingerprinted four times by Homeland Security, which should make all of you feel much safer). For that matter, I've also self-published.
And Robert S.P. Lee said...
"I did the self-pub thing on a small level as more of a calling card. Like handing out a business card."
Which, if you ask me, is a far more realistic and useful view of things -- although it is one hell of an expensive way to do business cards.
Too bad far too many self-pubbers suffer from the delusion that they're going to do an end-run around the industry and become hot-shit best-sellers without ever going the traditional route.
It ain't gonna happen. No matter how many stars Harriet gives you ("you" here not necessarily being you, Robert)
You wanna play in the big league, eventually you're gonna have to lace up and get on the ice.