Monday, February 16, 2015

This Is My 1000th Post

That's actually a little bit of a lie, it's my 1001st post. But it's only fitting that my 1000th post from yesterday was a Saturday Slash, because this blog is above all things a writers blog, meant to help aspiring writers.

I've been up and running since March of 2011. My first post was about the fact that I'd landed an agent, and I'd like to point out that I didn't have a huge social media platform at that point. No Facebook author page, no Twitter account. I definitely didn't have a YouTube channel, and Tumblr didn't exist. Instagram might have been up and running, but I was ignorant of its existence.

Now I'm everywhere. You can't get away from me, and if you try I will catch you.

Blogging is a large part of my internet presence, but I use this particular platform as a tool that I very much wish would've existed when I was pre-pubbed. Often I have aspiring authors ask me for tips on getting published and while I certainly don't mind being asked, there's a basic misunderstanding at work that I correct as nicely as possible.

Asking an writer for tips on how to get published is like asking a teacher, lawyer, veterinarian, or any other professional the same thing. The answer is that you need to educate yourself, and I don't mean that you should enroll in an MFA program. A lot of the aspiring authors that ask me for tips are completely gobsmacked when I follow up their question with questions: Do they want to be traditionally published or are they aiming for self-pub? If traditional are they thinking of targeting mid-level indies or some of the bigger houses, and regardless are they searching for representation or are they going to submit themselves?

I never intend to gob smack people or deflate them. I can't give tips of any sort without knowing the answers to these questions, and the vast majority of the time I'm met with blank looks, questions about the difference between self-publishing and traditional publishing, or even complete shock that agents come into the picture at all.

And that's fine. A little frustrating, yes, but it's also fine. That's the whole reason this blog and thousands of others like it exist. This is why I do my interview series with published authors, covering everything from the writing process to querying to cover art.

I don't expect people to know the publishing industry inside and out. It's a fluid beast, and a complicated one. I'm definitely here to help, and I hope to continue to run this blog far into the future. It brings no money to me, and that's fine. I like having it as a base of operations, and I think of it so much as an act of giving that I sometimes forget to use it as a promotional tool.

I've got a lot coming up in 2015, and things planned into 2016.

So stay tuned.

For both our sakes :)


6 comments:

Kel said...

Congratulations on your 1000th (and 1001st) post! Can't wait to see all the fun stuff you have planned for this year and the next!

Erica Eliza said...

Wow. I've been blogging for about that long and I don't have half that number of posts. I love your blog because it's a nexus for so many book-related topics.
When I go to writing conferences and read through author Q&A's, "How do I get published" is always one of the top questions. But I've never asked it. Four years of quietly following author blogs taught me that there's no easy answer.

Kristy Boyce said...

I love your blog and come here every week to read the latest query, interviews, thoughts, etc. I'm really glad to hear you plan to keep blogging. I know it is a lot of work, but we appreciate it!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I've been writing since before the Internet, back when I learned a lot of the basics by reading writing magazines and studying the big old Writers' Market guide (I used to ask for it for Christmas.) :)

The publishing industry is definitely fluid, complicated and ever changing. I'm glad I found your blog (and your books!), and I look forward to reading what you've got coming up.

Mindy McGinnis said...

Thank you, everyone! I appreciate all the support. It's good to know that the blog is reaching its audience!

Debra McKellan said...

Congrats, Mindy!

I used to want to self-pub, but I think if I still decide to, it will be after a traditional pub, and I WOULD like to use a smaller press, actually.