Happy Friday all! Today I present a bit of a mishmash.
First up, novelist JA Konrath posted an article called "Should You Self Publish?" and I know many authors ask this question - Should I self publish my book? In fact, just yesterday I met with an aspiring author and did my best to field this very question for her. So check out the blog post, it presents some interesting perspective on the topic. And I'm curious, what is your general response to the idea of self publishing? Is it lame? Would it work for you? Is perspective on self publishing changing?
Konrath begins with the thesis that the answer to the post's titular question is, "It depends." He writes:
"There are no short cuts, no easy paths to success, no matter how you publish. You're going to wind up marketing, promoting, and working hard whatever you decide. Traditional publishing has the advantages of big money and a huge distribution network, though you might not get either even if you are traditionally published. Self-publishing is an alternative, but at the time of this writing it still lacks in too many areas compared to trad pubbing, except in some circumstances. Your job is to figure out what it is you want, and then decide on the best way to get it. Should you self-publish? It depends."
More on his blog.
Next, another video from the wonderful TED speaker's series. Yes, I am in love with the TED presentations, and the one below is no exception. Celebrated novelist Amy Tan speaks on creativity and the helpfulness of childhood trauma....huh? Yeah, she's funny.
Finally, a link to a Michael Jackson-themed bit of interest, at least to me. I remember watching the Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" video over and over and wondering how he was able to lean over so far on the dance floor. I thought it was trick photography, but no!
Apparently Jackson patented a pair of special leaning shoes for that move that he then went on to use on his lives tours. See them here along with a video of Jackson performing the move live. Rest In Peace Michael.
Have a great weekend.