How to Start off Writing a BookGetting started writing a book
Authors should take a year off and give us all a rest. Book.
After all, I am a publishing house whose task is to find and help publishers to come up with book inspiration and to work on their texts for publish. I' d rather have my readership than my writing. And I know a lot of people and I am more than a few. And as a readership, there are many poets whose work I adore.
Let us split the worid into two groups: those who are writing and those who are reading. They want to live or study something new. Virginia Woolf put it this way: "the ordinary person is led by an intuition to make himself out of whatever possibilities he has, a kind of whole - a man's portrayal, a outline of an era, a theoretical writing art".
Authors are those who, by and large, have decided to bring the resulting judgment into a wait-and-see state. "To write for yourself is like to dance with your sisters. "Most authors have ego's of enough muscle power to make sure their words deserve an audiences.
Self-confidence that leads many authors to seek a release is watered down by the words of support from their families and boyfriends and from professional publishers who are too engaged or too sluggish to provide criticism. This misunderstanding that even the most impoverished authors are deserving of an audiences is reinforced by the presence of on-line merchants who are willing to resell everything with an ISBN.
Google reports that some 130 million publications have been released since the first volumes appeared on monks' desktops. Today, this stunning catalog is completed at an unprecedented speed in the book's story. And according to the New York Times, 81% of Americans believe they have a book in them.
Perhaps the appeal of writing to assert its presence in a global environment where the conventional ground of recognition by others - work, home or neighborhood - is coming under increasing pressure. However, when authors are omnipresent today, the reader seems to be an ever more threatened group. In a recent poll, one in four Americans had not been reading a book in over a year.
The paradoxical flood of writing itself is contributing to the decline in the number of people. It' not just that you can't read when you write. Literature, the analogy of navigating a canal, supersedes the tedious focus needed to read a book. However, the longest type of writing, the longest book suffers disproportionally from the reader indifference.
While more and more authors are immersing themselves in the dwindling readership base, the law of the markets threatens to turn the spotlight on the book publisher's net. Growing numbers are pay off to start writing; that's why self-publishing activities like Lulu and iUniverse and nascent due credit creating writing classes are all making all sums.
Scientists are intensively discussing Open-Access systems for the publishing of periodicals for which the author, not the readership, pays for the work. When we haven't yet reach a point where our customers are actually getting their money, it's certainly not far away. The Newt Gingrich "earning by learning" program, which was started in Georgia in 1990, gave pupils two bucks for every book they used.
However, the continuous reduction in book pricing or, even more badly, the giving away of million volumes of book through campaigns like the World Book Night undermine the concept of literacy as something to be paid for. And if this tendency persists, the only non-writers will be pros who used to make a livelihood with a trade they can no longer afford. What's more, they'll be the only ones who can't write.
I' d like to suggest a moral sanction for authors. Obviously, in the year of non-writing, we would be losing some wonderful work, and that is not to be taken lightly. What is more, it is not a year of non-writing. One only has to think of what could be done with one' s free time: we could visit again those rarely read a book; we could afford to spend the spare minute on a philosophical or poetic subject; volumes of previously forbidden length could be approached with languishing free times.
- Colin Robinson is co-founder of New York-based OR Books.