February 3, 2013 · 6:11 pm
If you take a look at the side column, you’ll see a link under “Authors to Check Out.” M.C.V. Egan and her novel, The Bridge of Deaths, is linked because she’s a very nice person who certainly helped this clueless author. Being an author, like with anything else, requires connections, networking, getting your name and your work on as many monitors as possible. Of course, quality has to come first, but none of us want to be that author who worked very hard, only to see our work lost in the pile, especially when sites like Smashwords and Amazon allow for authors to self-publish for free (and take a piece of the sales, which is only fair). While we benefit from being able to self-publish, it still makes the pile larger, and it’s a scary thing to think about someone who worked hard and published a brilliant work, only to see it lost because, for whatever reason, readers simply didn’t find it. The whole “if you build it, he will come” philosophy is great, but “Field of Dreams” was released before the world wide web (and the access to everyone being able to have at least one blog so that everyone’s talking at once and very few actually listen) found its way into almost every house, business, and public library.