On Writing and Publishing Advice | Writing Video Wednesday

Hey everyone! This week, I’m giving you some writing and publishing advice about how to take writing and publishing advice. Haha.

You can watch the video here.

Transcript of the video:

Hey everyone. It’s author, Sara Crawford, and I’m here today with a writing video.

So today, I want to talk to you about writing and publishing advice. Basically, the point of this video is that there is no one way for every writer. Everyone has a different writing process. Everyone has different tools that work for them. Some people are pantsers. They fly by the seat of their pants. Some people are plotters. They like to meticulously plot everything beforehand. There are all different kinds of methods for plotting. Some people start with a character, and they just go and write 200 pages and they scrap it all and then write 200 more pages.

Everybody has a different process. And everyone has to find the process that works best for them. So while I do think that there is a lot of good writing advice out there, and I don’t think you should stop trying to seek out writing advice, the important thing to remember is only to follow it if it is helpful to you. And don’t ever believe anybody that says, “This is the right way to do it, and there’s no other way to do it!”‘ Because that’s just not true.

The same thing goes for publishing. Now, it used to be, back in the day, there weren’t really that many options if you wanted to get published. You pretty much had to work with the big traditional publishers in New York. Nowadays, there are a million different ways to get your work out there. The internet has really opened up the possibilities. So there’s not really one publishing path for anybody anymore. Some people are going to publish independently. Some people are going to publish with the big publishers. Some people are going to be hybrids and do a combination of both. Some people are only going to publish with small presses. There’s no one right publishing path.

You will find that with different books and different genres, certain publishing paths will work better than others. For example, actual children’s books don’t really do that well in self-publishing whereas something like adult romance actually is doing a lot better with self-published books than traditionally published books.

And then even within indie publishing or traditional publishing, there’s going to be all different subsets of advice. Like with indie publishing, the big debate right now is whether to go wide and sell to all retailers like Barnes and Noble, iBooks–iTunes, whatever they’re calling their books thing with Apple, etc. or to go exclusive with Amazon and be a part of Kindle Unlimited. With traditional publishing, you know, you have people that are going to tell you that Scholastic is much better than Harper Collins or Penguin. It’s really all a matter of opinion, and everyone’s going to have different opinions about the best route to take because everybody has a route that works for them.

And you might have to try different things before you find what works for you. You may have to work with different agents. I know several writers who are on their second or third agent, and it’s nothing personal. It’s a business relationship, and sometimes it doesn’t always work out the best with that first agent.

So I know this is kind of a weird video from someone who frequently gives writing and publishing advice, but basically, what I’m telling you to do is to take all advice with a grain of salt and only follow it if it’s really helpful for you, and feel free to ignore the stuff that isn’t helpful. So that’s all I have for today. What do you guys think about writing and publishing advice? Let me know if you have a different opinion. I’d love to hear from you guys, Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel. I always do writing videos on Wednesdays, and sometimes I talk about my favorite music on Fridays. Thanks so much for watching. I will see you in the next video.