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05 March 2012 @ 10:01 pm
2 Rants. 1 Day  
So I'm doubling up this week to catch up with my blogspot.
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Getting Published

It seems as if getting published is getting harder and harder as the years go on, and more and more people are turning to self-publishing. The bad thing is is that those self-published books aren't living up to their potentials. Authors are just throwing books out right and left because they want to be published and make money, which is bad, very very bad. Us readers want well-developed, well-edited novels, agreed?

But not all self-published books are a bunch of crap. Take Amanda Hocking for example. She wrote book after book, trying to get traditionally published, but everyone turned her down. Now why did she get turned down? Well, agents and publishers are getting pickier and pickier these days. They don't take on books that are amazing. They take on books that are going to sell. See how it all works? Not books that people want to see. Books that are like other books already published. Now isn't that a bunch of crap? But...As soon as Amanda Hocking got big self-publishing, publishers rushed to get a contract made with her so they could make money off of her good old work. Tricky bastards we have here.


On the other hand, traditionally published authors are getting sick of publishers and the low pay, so most of them are turning towards self-publishing. And I would too, considering only being paid a dollar per book sale. Yes, seriously, a dollar per book sale. Now if you self-pubbed, you'd make a few dollars per sale, maybe 3-4 depending on the list price.

Debut authors are having an even rougher time. You can't get an agent because they are only taking on a limited number of debut authors. You can't find a publisher because they only want well-known already published authors. So then debut authors take on self-publishing. This is just as tough because you're starting from nowhere all by yourself. You have to shovel your own work out into the world with no promise of anyone even seeing or buying your book. BUT, you get total control over your book. You can design the cover. You can make the inside look all pretty. You can even set the price at whatever you want. Awesome, right? Sounds like it, but it's also very hard to make any money what-so-ever, but it's not like most author's goal are to be millionaires, right? Eh, I'm not too sure about that one. Some shovel books out there just for the money, but others, like me, care about their readers, not the money.


All of this stuff above is what makes me so lost/confused about the road I want to take to publish my book, but I know I want total control over my novel. I'm just afraid that nobody will know it's out there.


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Conformity...


In this day and age, every young teenage girl wants to be popular and pretty. Everyday I see girls like this in high school, gossiping about everyone and being gossiped about. They worry too much about how everyone views them and not enough about how they view themselves. They worry about how their hair looks, their makeup, and their clothes. These girls don't care if their feet hurt at the end of the day because they wore high heels. (Yes, girls at my high school wear high heels. Why? I don't know.) And at the end of the day, nobody gave a damn what they wore, and they don't even realize it. I mean heck, I can't even remember what I wore the other day, let alone yesterday.


And then there's clothes...Girls wear clothes to show off and look oh-so-pretty. Well, what ever happened to looking classy, not like a whore? They wear yoga pants to show off their butt. They wear super low cut shirts. They pile on the makeup. Some even get plastic surgery to fix what everyone makes fun of them about. (Plastic surgery?! Now that's taking it too far, but I do know someone who got plastic surgery when they were 14. I'm not kidding you, and it was only because the boys made fun of her face.)


What ever happened to good morals? What ever happened to girls covering their chests? Are girls really that desperate these days to succeed and get a boyfriend? But then again, they get boyfriends for all the wrong reasons. A boy won't end up liking them because of their personality, but because they have a nice bod. Girls my age and younger will never realize this. Quite frankly, I'd rather have a guy stare at my face than my chest, but that's just my opinion.


And it's not even just girls that go along with the crowd, although they are much more susceptible to it. Everyone at school wants to be popular, so they go to parties and drink till they can't remember anything. What's the point of not remembering your teenage years? And they don't drink just to drink. They drink to get drunk. I mean heck, go sniff some glue while you're at it. Go get alcohol poisoning too, but they don't care. It's all to impress everyone else. In other countries, they drink from a young age. Over there they learn to sip their wine, not chug it. And over here, we complain about the drinking age. Well, you going out and getting drunk plus getting busted by the cops doesn't help. They'll never lift that law now matter how much they complain. But they go on out and drink anyways, knowing they could get busted at any moment, and if you're 18, your going to jail, bub.


Too bad nobody cares. Just like the beginning of the opening of Family Guy says:
Lois: It seems today
That all you see
Is violence in movies and sex on TV
Peter: But where are those good old fashioned values
Entire Family: On which we used to rely?
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