Horniacek Writing/Publishing Questions

by newerawriters

  1. Self-publishing is becoming more and more common these days. Although this method may be convenient, during my undergraduate studies we discussed how online publishing gives anyone and everyone the ability to become a “writer” or “artist.” This could possibly create a difficult market for the serious artist to make a name for themselves, swimming in a sea of those only wanting to have their name published. After going to what lengths with an agent and publisher does an author decide that self publishing may be the way to go?
  1. I’ve briefly started brainstorming a non-fiction piece this past summer. Some of the content is rather personal and a struggle to even put on paper; however I feel these stories need to be told. How, as a writer, do you decipher what should and should be written based on – or about – your personal life? How do you explain the need to get these things down on paper to the love ones directly involved in the piece? When in these situations, do you find it necessary to get permission to write certain content that involves others close to you?
  1. As an online blogger myself, I can appreciate and accept the online writing culture, as this seems to be the direction literature is transitioning into rapidly. As a novelist, however, I would prefer my books to be published in a physical, book form rather than as online literature. Are there more cons than pros to this preference in this technological world we live in today, or are physical books on shelves still valued?
  1. Writers block is worse than any common cold in our industry. We might as well call in for sick days once this horrible roadblock hits. I find myself struggling to find ways to break out of the slump, it can lasts weeks or months at a time, and am interested in how others do so? When do you find it easiest to write and when do you find it most difficult? How do you find yourself overcoming writers block when faced with a deadline from a publisher?