To the den, the farmers couldn't pass.
They had no armor plates, alas,
and to wriggle through the bramble
was an awful prickly, painful scramble.
(The Foxy Armadillos)
With no barrier to entry, you can publish a book, but expect competition from crowd publishing while you work and hope for crowd funding.
Paint the town red? There is no barrier to entry. No education, licensing, certification, registration requirements or regulations are sanctioned into law for the writing, publishing, marketing, promotion or sale of books.
Idea Lab? A singular focus on books and writing may meet with rebuke. Few people stick around until success arrives. Writers feel the challenge of technology for advertising and promotion in the twenty-first century.
Manual Override? Unflagging persistence with unsuccessful approaches leads to downfall. Ideas must agree with the writer's nature and compel others. Creative effort must be tempered by awareness of evolving trends.
Constant frustrations? Bending to pressure may mean loss of past efforts. Nobody wants to quit. Writing to promote books perpetuates feelings of unfair and disproportionate stress. It is time-consuming to build a platform.
Bucket List? Writers must decide where and how to place marketing and promotional emphasis. Ongoing tinkering is required. Flexibility is required to adapt plans and content to changing directions, affiliations and discoveries.
Dreamscapes? Readers have trouble finding published books. Competition in the publishing business is difficult to overcome. To gain positions requires upgrades of technologies and constant creation of compelling content.
Feeling conned? It is discouraging to have books lost among millions. Web anonymity and innumerability are attractive and distractive. Writers must apply strong tech skills or pay for access to mold an online presence.
Hands of Time? The self-published book market may have stalled. It is saturated. Readers and writers are wary of the quality. Books go unread. Writers may be the sole purchasers of their books, paid from other income.
All the Frills? A writer's income arrives all at once, if at all. Reunions and holidays are difficult. Writers get chided about anonymity and range-bound results. The miserable reality is jolting. The industry seems to be hype.
Combat Zone? Writers compete with colleagues. They battle over perceived trademark and copyright infringements, misappropriation of trade secrets and acts of interference at signings, conferences or shows.
You Can Publish a Book
Buckle Your Shoe? Anyone can test the market. Books are published in handwritten or word-processed form, with or without images. Runs are made in black and white or in full color, with or without specialized book printers.
Dream Team? Companies abound for book self-publishing. They serve in the production of e-books, board books, audio books, paperback and hardcover print books. Independent upstarts outnumber traditional houses.
Blue Yonder? Do-it-yourself book design templates may be free of charge. Printers get paid for quantities of books and other items and services ordered in this Volume Business. Color runs cost more than those in black and white.
Happy Daze? Publishing applications make it easy to format finished work. The only specification is sizing in printable or Web-ready units. Books for English-speaking markets may be produced in foreign countries.
Vicious circle? Serious writers need technology to spread awareness about their craft. It is not cost-effective to pay others for the management, assessment, testing, validation and design of the necessary tech platform.
Behind Crowd Publishing
Live and work in isolation? There are few invitations to speak to groups, engage at signings or participate in publishing events and book fairs. Established writers have the audience. Unknown authors have no authority.
Seeing Double? It is discouraging when original creative toil is received as another load of junk. The hopelessness of perceived failure sends many writers into despair. The pressure to quit is constant.
Blue Skies Ahead? Writers may have faith when others have none. They are drawn into financial and emotional strain from the wait. They live in poverty and obscurity. The stress of being one of too many can take physical tolls.
Kick Back? Writers become muted and subdued with bad feedback. Friends and family drift from their seemingly eternal struggles. They need a support group. Colleagues are too busy seeking “magic” to form cohesive groups.
Game Face? While writers devote time to their work or to salvaging it with promotion, they are inaccessible. Hostile environments may surge in homes where they work. There may be a thin line between vision and delusion.
Hope for Crowd Funding?
Fresh Takes? Banks will not take chances on loan paybacks from pending work. Too much risk is involved in this highly speculative and competitive business. The failure rate in the profession vastly succeeds the success rate.
Soapbox? Writers scramble to replace losses and repay loans. Begging for forgiveness, they wrangle with financial upset. Expecting success, they meet with brutal truths. Upstart writers may sell 250 books before calling it quits.
Turn up the Volume? There is no obligation to support new writers. The first places to close the floodgates may be the local library and public school systems. There is an overload of fresh talent pining for discovery.
Walking Tall? Local news media pulls in the welcome mat. Closed door policies are guided by security measures or scheduling limitations. Celebrity authors may get paid to appear in preferential environments. The 1% rules.
Quit the Day Job? It may be better to wait until the time has come for your work. In the meantime, tools show how formats look in viewer's hands. The feedback received can help writers timely and safely leave the Sandbox Trap.