Author Topic: Publishing Today and the Balance Between Art and Commerce  (Read 1183 times)

Offline G. London

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Publishing Today and the Balance Between Art and Commerce
« on: June 06, 2013, 07:55:24 PM »
Hello Everyone,

 I have been reading this forum for a couple of months, and I see many informed people here. Over time I hope to let you know more about myself.

Iím starting a major writing project (A thriller/novel) that began organically.  Iím directing an independent film in 2014 and we are starting by shooting a trailer for this film. It is very expensive to do this on professional terms, even at this point.

With this in mind I need to complete the story as a book or books first (Not a script). Iím working full time on this, currently finishing a comprehensive outline.

My protagonist is fully formed and I believe she is as unique and original as Stieg Larssonís. Iím certain youíve all heard that before.

I am a veteran of the music industry/record business where for over twenty years I have had to make editorial decisions on art versus commerce. I have a great deal of experience in dealing with the politics involved and the absolute necessity of  ďFace to faceĒ in getting anything to happen for real, along with the associated costs which are not insignificant.  

There is nothing glamorous about what I do. Discipline, focus, tedium, hard work, and hopefully finding the muse are part of my professional life. Qualities very similar to those needed for success in writing. We never know where the next major smash is coming from. There is no formula. I do know that if one sticks to their own artistic vision without compromise that it is much more likely to happen.

As an example: Some of you may be aware of the singer Adele Adkins. She is a phenomenal organic original music talent. I am not involved with her professionally. When she signed her worldwide deal, Columbia Records wanted to change her and her sound.  

She literally told them to go _ _ _ _ themselves. Take what is delivered or we donít do business. Much to the credit of her small independent label for backing her position against Columbia, she has sold 35 million albums, a staggering number for 2012-2013.

In Adeleís case she had the brilliant talent on every level to begin with. This ties into my first question here.

Stieg Larsson, E.L. James, Stephanie Meyer, and in a another direction Amanda Hocking have all had staggering commercial success, while widely being considered to be inferior writers.

Is it about story first and English second?  

 How does the major commercial success of these works impact editorial decision making in the book-publishing world going forward?

I couldnít put down Larssonís trilogy even through its most cartoonish parts. I didnít care about his blatant Mary Sue or his head hopping. I donít think Iíve ever read fifteen hundred pages so fast. I loved his story.

I realize I may be opening a can of worms here.

In the future I would like to get opinions on getting work seen by the right eyes in the publishing world, the impact my connections may have, and the unconventional avenues that can now be used to get creative work to the whole world.

I know as a creative artist and gatekeeper/filter in my own industry that it all comes down to the originality and quality of the work. Serve the work first.

Looking forward to a dialogue on this forum.

Opinions appreciated.


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