And, on the first day, the Book World was created. The Great American Writers flocked to the new world and endlessly wrote to express themselves. The Prolific Readers soon came in droves to read and decipher what the Great American Writers had to say, and before long, the Gatekeeper Agents arrived too and sold the Great American Writers profound works to the Prodigious Publishers, and they sold the works, en masse, to The Prolific Readers. In due course, everyone in this strange new world flourished.
Then on the second day, the Aspiring Writer honed his craft and sought to be accepted in the new world too, so that his own literary work would be read and relished by many. But, legions of these new Aspiring Writers were turned away and were left standing rejected at the walls of the Book World or left wounded or discarded in a pile of slush, each of them denounced by the Gatekeeper Agents.
By the third day, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the median income for The Great American Writer in the Book World was $55,420 per year or $26.64 per hour. When the Aspiring Writer read this report, he fell to his knees and cried, because he had dreamt of fame and fortune, and the hopes of staking a claim in this strange, new world where so many early adopters were striking it rich. But still, the Aspiring Writer continued to write because it had become his life’s aspiration to be accepted into the Book World. For after all, writing was all he ever wanted to do–even if it meant he would be scantily paid once he got beyond the walls and into the Book World.
By the fourth day, the Aspiring Writer rolled up his sleeves and searched high and low for a Gatekeeper Agent to represent his work to The Prodigious Publishers that roamed the Book World. At the entrance gate, the Gatekeeper Agents who weren’t accepting queries, stopped him from entering and the Aspiring Writer fell to his knees again and cried in hopelessness and desperation. Everything became meaningless outside the Book World where the land was dark and bleak and without form and meaning.
On the fifth day, the Aspiring Writers revolted and decided to publish their own books, while the notable Great American Writers with their Gatekeeper Agents and Prodigious Publishers laughed at them and called the self-published authors “Vain.”
By the sixth day the Prolific Readers began to find what the Aspiring Writers wrote, and the Gatekeeper Agents, together with the Prodigious Publishers, fell to their knees and cried.
And on the seventh day, the God of Books, a great force in all the Earth called Amazon, spoke to the Aspiring Writers and said, “Take Control with Independent Publishing. With my independent publishing services you can reach millions of readers worldwide and keep control of your work. It’s fast and easy to publish your print book with CreateSpace, your digital book with Kindle Direct Publishing and create an audiobook with ACX. “
And, with that, a whole new world was created.
Tonia Allen Gould is a soon-to-be published author. Her children’s picture book, Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore releases on iTunes on 7/1/13.
Tonia’s animated book with professional voice and an original musical score is being published by a wonderful company called Skies America Publishing, who has worldwide electronic distribution rights. While her book is not self-published, and Tonia is grateful she didn’t have to “go it” alone, the journey to publication wasn’t always easy, and you’ll oftentimes find Tonia talking a bit about that.