Inside the mind of a writer www.scskillman.co.uk

Posts tagged ‘JD Salinger’

The Lost World of the Reclusive Bestseller Author

JK Rowling has said, I imagined being a famous writer would be like being Jane Austen, being able to sit at home in the parsonage and your books would be very famous… I didn’t think they’d rake through my bins. I didn’t expect to be photographed on the beach through long lenses.

JD Salinger and Harper Lee were famously reclusive. Never seen in public, they just quietly wrote novels that became iconic in the 20th century and ended up on every school syllabus. Dan Brown too was reclusive before his plagiarism trial brought him out of the woodwork; now his face is familiar.

Today, authors engage in a Kindle-sales feeding frenzy, blogging their sales figures and Amazon rankings, and spreading in equal measure envy, despair and a mania to replicate their success amongst all the flocks of self promoting self publishing ebook authors. I realise that indie authors are striking back against the publishing establishment, and many enjoy the work of promotion. I applaud them for it.  But my instincts tell me this isn’t what authors were meant to do.  Authors were meant to write, and to do what JK Rowling imagined – sit in the parsonage like Jane Austen. Then they handed their finished manuscript over to a publisher who did all the dirty work of marketing, promotion, sales techniques and strategies, and all the devices and desires of publicity.

I recognise this is a totally unrealistic picture, not in tune with today’s world at all. And I’m well aware that the relationship between authors and publishers has long had its difficulties. The rural poet John Clare (1793-1864) had troubled dealings with “booksellers” who were then the equivalent to today’s publishers. He wrote in his Journal: I would advise young authors not to be upon too close friendships with booksellers…their friendships are always built upon speculations of profit like a farmer showing his sample…if a book suits then they write a fine friendly letter to the author…if not they neglect to write till the author is impatient and then comes a note declining to publish mixed with a seasoning of petulance in exchange for his anxiety.   And I do know I really ought to let down my golden hair from this small room in a tower where I write these words.

Authors are often introverts, shy, retiring. Now they cannot be allowed the luxury of being an INFP on the Myers Briggs Personality Type scale. Accuse me of languishing in my ivory tower if you will. But allow me to post a promotional video (made by my daughter) beneath these words and thus negate the point I am making. And cherish the lost world of the reclusive author.

SC Skillman

Tag Cloud

Bucket List Publications

Indulge- Travel, Adventure, & New Experiences

Savvy Writers & e-Books online

Writing & Publishing, e-Books & Book Marketing

Such a Novel Idea

A Blog About Books

TK Butterfly

She became a butterfly...a journey towards self <3

Dan and Phillipa Nepal Blog

Follow what we are up to in Nepal

THE DARLEY ANDERSON BLOG

OUR WRITERS MEAN BUSINESS

Author-Leslie Ann Wright

Stay up to date on new books and news from Leslie

includedbygrace

Thoughts from someone who loves Jesus and people with ASD or learning disabilities

Nuts and Crisps

For all things reading and writing

ntpassporttoyourfuture

National Trust Trainees!

Head Above Water

Writing, Publishing, Busy Lives, Headspace, Creativity, Verve

Y.I. Washington Writer/Poet

Come Join The Journey!

clairemusters

writer and editor

dorothystewartblog

about writing and life and God

rosbayeswriting

To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood.... to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever.

Lucy Mills

on faith, writing and life

Rob Chidley – Copywriter

the blog of a professional copywriter // author // improvisational gardener

Dylan Morrison ~ The Prodigal Prophet

A site for those fascinated by Yeshua but unimpressed by religion!

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 374 other followers