My Current Thoughts on Self-Publishing / Traditional Publishing Gurus

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To all the people out there telling me how I should publish my first book: please take your advice and shove it. You have no frakking clue what you’re talking about. Anyone who says “there is only one way to do it” should be discounted as idiots. 

J.K. Rowling got rich publishing the old fashioned way. Amanda Hocking got rich self-publishing (and now she’s got the old fashioned thing going). Lots of people have got rich doing it either way. Anyone who says “but my way is the only way” is full of shit. WTF do you know? Sometimes there is no right way. You just do what feels right to you and hope for the best.  Publishing is a crapshoot. Some of us make it. Most of us don’t.

The only sure advice anyone can give is this: if you really want to make it, don’t give up. Keep improving your writing and write better stories.



That more or less sums up how I feel about it all now.  My thoughts have changed a lot in the last few years.  Such is life…

(Originally posted on Google+)

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

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