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Being an author is a bit like being your own boss, only you happen to have a landlord (publisher)…or two or three or more. When the landlord has your currency (your novels), and it’s something they can put in the bank (publish), they’re happy. When they’re happy, you’re happy. When you’re happy, you want to write. Ah, but write what?
I watched the teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 the other day, and when it was over, I was rather giddy. It was like seeing some friends who’ve been gone a while, and I’d have a chance at catching up with them soon. I also remember thinking “I wish I had characters like that who I wanted to catch up with on a regular basis.” Um…I do. And even if I didn’t, I could.
That’s the beauty of being your own boss. You CAN have all the characters you want, put them in any situation, and never have to worry about casting choices, actor availability, studio politics, or budget. Some authors don’t even worry about reality. I’m probably one of them. On the other hand, there are certain guidelines we adhere to with each publisher.
I’ve been very fortunate in that publisher interference has never been a problem for me save for one book. The editors I’ve worked with have been wonderful, and I do my best never to be a pain in the ass. I prefer to have a reputation of being good to work with. This has carried over in my self-publishing too. I have to work with myself since I’m making all final decisions, and I know all the buttons to push on myself, and what a prick I can be when my buttons are pushed. It’s a bit like walking on eggshells when I work with myself.
My preference is to think of writing as working for myself, especially since one of my previous jobs was working for a company that built websites, and I wrote content for that boss and his clients for those websites. Not the easiest job in the world despite how it sounds. Why? Not everybody is an accountant. Not everybody is a salesperson. Not everybody is a writer, yet many people think they are.
I’d ask clients for all the information the client could provide so that I could get it right, or close to right, the first time. Revisions are normal, so that wasn’t an issue. I’d also send over content for two pages for the client to read over, get a feel for it, and make any suggestions or corrections they wanted. One client in particular, two sisters from Europe, actually, didn’t want to see anything until the entire site was finalized. This is a HUGE mistake. I sent them two sections anyway, heard nothing back from them despite follow-ups, and completed the site.
They HATED the content. Hated it. Hated. And they rewrote it. In. Broken. English. And insisted that’s what be put on their site. My boss did what they asked, and I never looked back beyond checking from time to time what their web traffic was, which wasn’t impressive.
The only time I mildly got into trouble was when I rewrote a company’s quality policy. I didn’t realize it was their quality policy, but rewrite I did. Actually, I made it grammatically correct, which they didn’t appreciate. At all.
So I returned to the land of fiction…where one or two people greeted me back. Enthusiastically, I might add, but probably two. And I’ve been writing my characters ever since. Why? Because I can.
Because we can.
About Kage Alan
Non-award winning and utterly non-famous LGBT author Kage Alan lives in a suburb of Detroit, MI with his husband, who answers to “His Majesty,” and their fish and shrimp, who answer to “fish” or “shrimp.” He enjoys adding to his tiny Blu-Ray library, and fibbing about buying Blu-Rays on New Release Tuesday. Kage also lives in fear of His Majesty’s Hong Kong Grandmonster, who God apparently doesn’t want to spend time with.
His novels include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Sexual Orientation, Andy Stevenson Vs. the Lord of the Loins, Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell, and Falling Awake. He also has short stories in Butt Pirates in Space, Butt Ninjas From Hell, Butt Babes in Boyland, Butt Riders on the Range, and Butt Villains on Vacation.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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