Masters of Chaos: Special Forces in Publishing

I’ve been following Bob Mayer since I heard him speak at a writers conference about five years ago. I love his common sense approach to the industry.


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Diana Douglas, author. Coorganizer of the Arizona Novel Writers Workshop. Member Arizona Historical Novel Society, Member BooksGoSocial Authors, Transplanted Texan.!/themodernscribe
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6 Responses to Masters of Chaos: Special Forces in Publishing

  1. David Waid says:

    Thanks for sharing this article, Diana. His talk about losing book rights for ever and ever makes sweat bead up on my forehead; another strike against traditional publishing. Yet Trad Pub still holds the key to monster distribution networks or people who have succeeded as indies wouldn’t sign contracts. (and 50 Shades wouldn’t have gone from 300,000 sales to galactic millions) Clearly, successful online authors have leverage during negotiations, as I imagine a traditional author who makes it big would have on a second contract. Even setting aside the “advance,” the question seems to be a short-term vs long-term one. The potential for broader, quicker sales up front (and maybe a little help with marketing) vs vastly more control in the long run. Choose your fairy tale: The kid in lederhosen peeling cherry cordials off a gingerbread roof (and ominous music swells as something stirs indoors), or the char girl scrubbing ashes with hopes of a glass slipper in her future. I don’t know. I don’t know. But, damn it, those are cherry cordials…

    • <I think the lesson is–Don't be so thrilled that someone wants to publish your novel that you're willing to sign it all away.
      You don't need to sweat. LaDonna won't let you do anything stupid.

  2. Char Bishop says:

    Diana, thanks for introducing me to Bob. The blog was thought-provoking. What he is saying is what anyone has to consider in anything one does in life…how much responsibility do you want for what you do? The less you want (i.e. for writers, a great agent, big publishing house), the more control you lose.

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