Pen, Pay & Publishing.

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In recent times I had the serendipity of interacting and interviewing many budding as well as aspiring writers and authors for my website. The website is committed to promoting such talents. It also highlights the process and struggles that these writers and authors go through on a day to day basis to bring their precious piece of work to their readers. Connecting with them has been one of the most fulfilling and insightful experiences. It is poignant that most of them struggle to get their work noticed and earn their due credit for the amazing work that they do. In the sea of so many authors trying to make their mark, many of them are left unrewarded for the same.
The struggle is real! Investing years and months of time, creativity, and energy marks only the launch of a budding author’s tussle. If the writer aspires to be a published author in any of the given two ways, namely- traditional publishing or get self- published, the vexation of monetary investment with little or no guarantee of returns is plainly unsettling.
Speaking of which, both these methods have their pros and cons; and whichever path the author chooses to get their work published, most of the hard work is borne by the author him/herself. For the traditional procedure, the best way is to approach through a literary agent, who approaches the publishing houses and helps improve the visibility through promotion of the book on behalf of the author. For the self-published method, the entire process is left to the author to deal with.
From hiring a literary agent to an editor, to getting the cover designed and sometimes engaging in promotional activities, everything comes for a price and an exuberant one at that. Though some of the talented authors who prefer to do it all by themselves can make the affair quite inexpensive. DIY has its cons, as it may affect the quality of work unless the author is well experienced in handling all the aspects of self-publishing.
Another noteworthy fact is the pressure of dealing with the social media presence. Undoubtedly, promoting a book on a variety of social media platforms is the most inexpensive and effective method to reach a larger audience in relatively lesser time. But to do this it requires a lot of effort and dedication on part of the author to build the audience base. Most writers who want to invest maximum time to their project, find it difficult to keep up with the tricks of the trade.
Nevertheless, cheers to the spirit of these new-age writers and authors, who beat the heat of all odds and give their readers, the best reads which they can cherish. A little encouragement on our part can help them achieve greater goals. Support every author that you can and appreciate their work, with ratings and reviews.

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
― Philip Pullman
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
― Louis L’Amour
“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”
― William Faulkner

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