Thoughts and scribblings of an overactive mind.

A Bit of Courage

As Victoria Wood’s character Nella Last says in Housewife 49 “I seem to have found a bit of courage from somewhere.”

Terrific film by the way if you haven’t seen it. Anyway, yes. From somewhere I seem to have found some courage, or some confidence – and long may it reign! Not over confident by any stretch, but still, confident. I mean I’ve got a new job (permanant! I love that word!) and I’m using dove summer glow, and my head is brimful of ideas for my books (and what’s more I’m actually writing them!) PLUS I finally have a plan B option which I’m happy with. I need a plan B because iff (note the two f’s there,) I can’t actually convince a publisher to publish me, then I will have to do it myself. Now I’m certain there’s a market for my writing, and I’m certain it’s good enough, but this whole thing is just so damn subjective that really you can be dismissed not because it’s crap but because Joe Bloggs in charge just doesn’t like it. But someone else might. Anyway – iff that happens, then my plan is to set up my own publishing house. WOAH there, I hear you cry. But it’s not that ludicrous. In the Writers and Artists Yearbook someone has written how they did this and they’re now wildly successful. Brilliant! I mean it would be beaucoup de effort, but my writing is worth it. That way, it’s not vanity press, it’s not just being printed – it is being published – but it’s being published by me. And who knows, maybe I’ll end up publishing others? Lord Sugar has inspired me – time to take things into my own hands!

Okay, well maybe not just yet. I have until my birthday I’ve decided – then I need to make a decision. So my plan is to apply to agents and publishers like nobodys business for the coming months, and then make an informed decision.



13 responses

  1. Rosie Alia

    Oh Matthew my old bean, this sounds eve so exciting! I cant wait til you’re a published author!
    ps, I LOVE Housewife 49….you probably guessed that though!

    May 7, 2011 at 9:24 am

  2. Rosie Alia

    *ever so

    May 7, 2011 at 9:25 am

  3. I’ve thought about setting up a publishing company too. It’s a difficult business and incredibly difficult work, but i’m tempted nonetheless. Maybe we can get investment and do it together.

    May 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    • Yes I read all about it in the writers and artists year book. I understand that if you go to one of these print on demand companies then you still won’t actually technically be published – just printed. Obviously second best is no good for me, but if I can publish myself then so much the better.

      I did think (seriously,) that we could work together somehow (could make for a brilliant sitcom if nothing else lol.) But as you say – some serious investment would be needed. ALTHOUGH this guy in the Writers&Artists Yearbook seems to think he did it all with next to nothing in his pocket – buying a cheap company from company house, then doing as much work himself as he could (finding a cheap printer, etc etc etc.) So it is do-able. Certainly a bit exciting to think about, if nothing else.

      May 18, 2011 at 7:01 am

  4. Rich White

    Heh, yeah it would make a great sitcom!
    It’s kinda true you’re not actually published, in the sense that books are pritned when puchased rather than printed in bulk and sent to various stores. It means you won’t get sold in bookshops unless you actually go talk to manangers and convince them to stock you, but you will be on online stores like Amazon. Self publishing can be good, but it requires more dedication. There are self publishing magazines and forums now because it’s becoming so popular, and there have been a couple of people to get quite famous from it and then be picked up by a larger company.

    I reckon it can be set up cheaply, especially with the recession, but i think money is needed for distribution and so forth. Plus you need to give authors advance payment, and printing up 800 copies of a book is going to cost no matter how cheap each page is. And if you want to secure a big name celeb’s book the company has to pay them – i can’t remember who now but i read last week a company paid a celeb £5million for the book. And advertising too, that’s a long way to getting known.

    Part of me would love to do it though, and unlike other companies we’d be fresh on the scene and with young upstarts like us who know about new technology and stuff we can bring some new ideas to the publishing industry, what will ebooks and free downloads and all that now.

    May 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm

  5. It’s certainly something I’ve been toying with – I just hate the thought of doing things second best sort of thing that’s all. I mean I could throw £1000 at authorhouse for example and be “published” by the end of the year, but it just isn’t the same. I think IF I come to the conclusion that I will self publish then I really feel like I sort of want to do it the hard way by doing most of the work myself (even setting up my own company,) purely because I’ll get a sense of worth and achievement from it.

    Either way, I need to make a decision soon. I have seriously been sitting on these books for years now and it’s driving me potty just having them as files on the computer. They’re wonderful stories, they deserve to be read. That’s how I feel anyway. I really feel anxious – like I want to start getting myself out there. And the traditional route is SO slow and so far it’s been nothing but nos. I will perservere, I will keep applying – but I also need to start considering my options if I really want to get anywhere soon-ish.

    Oh well, we’ll see. And if you ever are really tempted to start something up then you know where I am!!!

    May 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm

  6. Rich White

    Just so you know, you don’t need to spend £1000 – i self-published and paid nothing except the cost of a sample copy.

    I was thinking about it yesterday though, setting up a company, and i’m really thinking it’s a good idea. If it’s something you’d actually want to partner up over maybe we should get together when i get back to the UK next month and see what we can come up with regarding a plan?

    May 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    • I’m in!!! Definately! We could meet up in London maybe? That would probably be half way for both of us. I’m so excited at the prospect of this – really, really am. Let me know when you’re back – I’m away the 23rd – 29th June, but other then that I’m free whenever! Looking forward to it – I’ll research like mad in the mean time.

      May 21, 2011 at 9:50 am

  7. Rich White

    Yeah London works for me, where are you living now?
    I land on the 23rd, so should be over the jetlag by the time you get back.

    May 22, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    • I’m living in Staines (near heathrow) at the moment, so it’s not far to London. Will you be back in Kent again? That’s cool then – we’ll arrange a date for after I’m back from holidays. I’ll do some research in the mean time – see what I can find out. Been thinking about it lots and I think it could really work. It’s definately an exciting prospect.

      May 23, 2011 at 3:48 pm

  8. Rich White

    I’ll be back in West Sussex but i think we’re planning to move back to Kent at some point this year, and then when we can afford it move to London

    May 23, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    • Yeah we want to move back to London when we can afford it. At least places like here and west sussex and kent have easy access to the city – makes it nice and easy for meet ups etc. Well I look forward to seeing you – will be nice to catch up as well as talk business 🙂

      May 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm

  9. Rich White

    yeah sure will, been a while!

    May 23, 2011 at 4:01 pm

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