Bestselling author of Wool and other books. Currently sailing around the world.
Totally awesome podcast. BTW, I think the Amazon/Kindle Publishing/ACX platforms are awesome even if they are provided by the Darth Vader of Bookselling.
Great podcast, Hugh! By the way, My husband is now a huge fan of yours. I forward podcasts and blogs from you, and you’ve totally inspired him to take a look at a manuscript he’s wanted to publish for years. (For some reason, I didn’t inspire him to do this, but once he heard from you many of the things I’d been saying, he was encouraged. Go figure, right?) Oh, and he loves Wool!
Anyway, I’m a big fan of the generation of creative entrepreneurs that are taking charge of their own lives these days. Thanks for being such a huge encouragement.
Don’t be too discouraged by your husband’s outside encouragements. i find that my wife is often more open to something someone else has said even though I’ve been saying it for years. There is something about distance that lends a kind of authority or objectivity that intimacy sometimes quashes. Then again sometimes it’s the other way around. I guess if people were simple, troubleshooting manuals would be the preferred way to communicate our eccentricities. Because we are complex, stories are more interesting and sometimes the better communication medium.
Thank you for the great POD CAST today. You are the best! Inspirational all around. I noticed especially how positive you are about using indie contractors to create book covers. I thought it was interesting when you talked about your observations of the future of indie authors in the electronic media world and the lack of writing skills (due to tablets and other devices that lack keyboards) in the U.S. I had no idea that resourceful kids in China were creating books using their cell phones! Great job! Thank you.!
Great job, Hugh, et al.
I was interested to see this after our (brief) discussion at dinner during WorldCon 2013. I think a lot of indie authors are focused on the craft, which is great, but there’s also a business side of it that most don’t think about.
Having good support systems and experts in the field to draw knowledge from is vital, in my opinion, so it’s good to see that I’m not the only one thinking about the business side of things. I look forward to talking to you more about the changing publishing paradigms, especially for small press, when your schedule allows. As we discussed, I’m happy to provide any insight you think might be valuable.
Keep up the great work! Now I’m heading back to finish up “Dust!”
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The video was so perfect. It was exactly what I was talking about. I found the link and posted it in our writing group. Awesome. I love your views and perspective in regards to the publishing industry coming into its own after all this time. Writers have been the only group that haven’t been able to let the people read and decide for themselves if that piece was something to be adored or ignored. They’ve never been able to start at the bottom and work their way up like a musician giving it a go in a small bar. I loved the analogies you gave. It really spoke to me since I am an artist too. To top it off, when you said how you support Indie Authors just as much as you support Indie Artists… wow… awesome. I was speaking to my computer, “Exactly! Thank you, Hugh!” We all have to start somewhere. We all struggle, and with any luck, we all learn, brush ourselves off and hopefully become better for it. I write because I love to see and hear every person I effect by what I’ve created. That’s an amazing feeling. The passion I have, whether it’s to write, create cover art, or compose music, I do it because I love it. We are all artists in some way. When we incorporate passion, then we leave a beautiful mark for others, as you obviously have done.
On behalf of Snippets,
Thank you Hugh.
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