Going it Mostly Alone: the Publishing Path of A Perfect Blindness
For A Perfect Blindness, my wife and I put the money up: The editors have all been paid, and the risk—will it make or lose money—is all ours. There are different ways to view the choice to pay to take my book through all the steps of the Traditional Publishing Path, from initial evaluation to Developmental editing, and through Content editing, Quality review, Design all the way to final Proofreading.
The cynical view sees the choice as the vainglory of someone who has enough ego and money to do it. There is something to be said for that. My wife and I do have the money to do it; it wasn’t cheap. And certainly, I will be very pleased to have my name on a book that I can show my friends and family: “See, I am a real writer. Here’s my book to prove it.” My wife has already shown it off to friends and acquaintances.
While I do care about the good opinions of friends and family, they already know I write. Yes, it’s great to have something they can now read. Yet, I published the book to sell it to strangers. To use A Perfect Blindness as a foundation to enable me to get paid to tell well-crafted lies. Perhaps even for a living. I’m going to write anyway, so why not get paid for it? (Sorry Dr. Johnson, it’s perfectly fine to write simply for the joy of it; no one is a blockhead to take pleasure in life.)
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