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Sep 04

EXCLUSIVE: The First Time… Nick Wale Introduces The Novel Ideas E-zine

 

 

 

Nick Wale as pictured by artist George Vega.

We are currently undergoing a revolution in the book world. We the People are the ones who have to decide where this revolution is going to go. We the People are the drivers of the car, and the car is the publishing industry. The publishing world would have you believe that there are rules and regulations that you must follow. There are none. Let me reiterate that. There are no rules and no regulations. We the People can take control of our own writing efforts and publish them ourselves for free. There are no rules to this process. You take your manuscript and you upload your manuscript to one of the many free book services. You then create a front cover or you hire a designer to make your cover a reality. You even hire an editor or proofreader to make your book the greatest product that it can be. You can do all of this without submitting a single document to a publisher and waiting endless weeks or months for an answer. We the People have control of the book industry, and We the People do not have to conform to the rules of a few dying companies who have higher return rates than sales.

We also have the greatest opportunities to create ever-growing success in our deregulated book world. There’s a clear cause and effect within the traditional book world. It is as predictable as it is fallible. As more and more readers of traditional books turn away in disgust, the professional writer finds his liberty at stake. The independent world, led by writers of all styles, declarations and creeds, grows more powerful and potent with each new release. It is time now for the people to start looking beyond the constricted, rule-ridden world of the traditional publisher and to embrace more and more independent books. It is true that every single day sees an increase of independent books that are making it. It is also true that the traditional publishing industry is running scared and turning away hits. It is also true that this evil empire of traditional publishers wants to manipulate We the People into believing that their product is better, stronger and more entertaining.

This, like the words of any dictatorship, is a lie. The independent world has turned out great books, and I wish to showcase some of them for you. I want you the reader to go out and find yourself great independent books that will entertain you. Additionally, I wish to educate writers who are caught in the trap of believing they must sign away their lives to become published—those days are well and truly over. The evil empire of traditional publishers is cracking, and the revolution is being carried to the depths of humanity.

I find that the whole idea of an author being “self-published” is ridiculed by the traditional publishing world. The independent author is shot down at every turn and made to feel inadequate. We the People are told by the traditional publishers that great works by authors come to us only through them and anything they have not touched is somehow less valuable. I believe it is their work that is lesser. I have not yet seen a self-published author producing books by celebrity non-entities and poorly written biographies. Now we find that the traditional publishing houses are cutting themselves into the self-published business. That one action tells me that I am right in my assumption—the traditional publishing world is reeling as the ‘fad’ they denounced devours their business.

My name is Nick Wale, and I promote authors. I have created hits, and I have seen the damage the traditional publishing world can do. I have seen the way publishers have hindered success—creating free giveaways when a book has started selling, taking money from writers to publish a book they will never promote. I have seen the egotistical traditional book world in its true form, and this is a warning. Like any warning, you can take heed or you can ignore me. I just believe that We the People have the opportunity to rid ourselves of an aging, over-regulated world that will never allow you to have a bestseller on your terms.

I entered the book world to empower writers and readers. I myself tried to get a book published and lived the harsh reality of a book industry that has no love for writers. An industry so hardened by self-created rules and regulations that they would not even read a manuscript unless it was formatted, edited or posted in a certain way. A book world so riddled with insecurity and dangerous contempt for the intelligence of readers that they would always go for the dollar rather than the praise. I fought to create a business that would create careers for writers who couldn’t get through the red tape of the traditional publishers. By God, we did it, and I can proudly say that the majority of my authors sell books.

It is my firm belief that the future of our great business will depend on the brave men and women currently self-publishing books. We the People have heard the facts, and now we must act. Like any great revolution, it takes one person to stand up and a nation to enact change.

My best wishes to you. If you are an author or independent publisher with vision and would like to be in a future issue of this magazine, or if you would just like to contact me, please email me at Nick@nickwale.org

Nick Wale

The new Novel Ideas E-magazine “Novel Reads” will be released later this week. 

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  1. Sandra Tyler

    Interesting perspective. I still have mixed feelings, having been published traditionally, but some years ago; and having been a victim of publishing house takeovers, when Houghton Mifflin bought my publisher, Harourt Brace. I had a great agent. And truly, one of the last of the real line-editors, who was let go in this transition (as well, my second book never made it into paperback). So I’m all for traditional publishing the way it was really, back in the old days, even before my own books came along – when there were real experienced editors who had an eye for talent. And it wasn’t all agent-run, and about movie options etc. I’m rambling as I’m still trying to see where I stand, as I’m in the process of having my rights returned to me so I can convert my novels to digital. How will I go about publishing my next novel? What route? Not sure. That’s why I’m interested in such posts as yours. Thank you!

  2. Mike Walsh

    There really has been a change in the attitudes about self-publishing. It is about time that someone recognized that there are many talented writers out there.

  3. Denise Barry

    What a terrific article! Even I, as a self-published author, feel more powerful now! I like your point about being able to hire an editor to make your book the best it can be Nick. Not everyone has a hit, or should promote their book as one, without it actually being a hit! We need to keep the standards high if we want to see the world of publishing change. 🙂

  4. Massimo Marino

    Embrace other Indies’ efforts to raise the quality and show readers where value, good writing, and good story telling is. AwesomeIndies.net. Many traditionally published authors would find the criteria to be accepted to be a bar too high for them.

    An Indie writer cares about his readers, even more than traditionally published authors, and for reasons. The publishing industry points their finger to the slush pile that is self-published and try hard to make readers believe that an Indie writer is inherently of a lesser quality than a writer “they” picked up. But readers are not that dupe all the time…

  5. Elizabeth Loraine

    Great post. I totally agree with you. It takes guts and hard work to go it on your own. But it’s so worth it in the end. Thanks for the great post.

  6. Veronica Jorden

    Hi Nick!
    Great post! Please know that you are not alone in your current beliefs. There are others of us who recognize the revolution that is taking place within the publishing world. Like you, I seek to empower indie authors and hope to help them achieve success. If there is anything I can to do to assist you, please let me know!

  7. Philip Kellingley

    I agree with Denise. There are, indeed, many good self-published books. But they are out-weighed by the vast number which are poorly written. I own up to the fact that I edit books for people that want to self publish and I’m fully aware that many, many writers don’t use editors. But some of the stuff that I see “self published” makes me weep – mainly with frustration – because often what is written could be dramatically improved by the application of spell checking, grammar correction, etc. I guess it’s the difference between wanting to be a writer and an author. The latter cares enough to really want his work read.

    1. Veronica Jorden

      You are so right! I find myself also extremely disappointed by great stories with disappointing covers. Part of this “revolution,” I think, is to educate indie writers. A book, like anything else you want to sell, must go through a series of quality controls, be professionally packaged, and intelligently marketed. I suppose there will always be hacks, but at least the door is opening a little wider for those folks who, like you say, actually want their work to be read.

      1. Massimo Marino

        It’s the difference between those who stop at “it’s good enough” and those who are never satisfied, always aspiring to become better writers, to polish the flow, create powerful images and stimulate the most important people in their writing world: the readers.

  8. Peaches D. Ledwidge

    “We the people.” Interesting. I like the article.

  9. Charlie

    Nick’s right- WE SELL BOOKS!

  10. Jill Haldeman

    I would’ve honestly hired an editor for my book but i’m not employed right now and the best option i’m getting is my publisher edits, and a friend is doing some flow and clarification edits before that.

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