Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Posthumous Publishing, Part 21, Mr Reaper

The Pros and Cons of Publishing Posthumously

Part 21: Why Self-Publishing May Be Ineffective

Writing from beyond the grave is one thing, publishing from there is another matter entirely, and it’s fraught with difficulties. Scratching a few words onto paper is easy enough, but putting your work out to the marketplace requires energy and attention on a daily basis. Consider: revisions, book covers, formatting, blog tours, book signings, blurbs, and social media promotion might be beyond your reach even in the roomiest of caskets. In the end, assistance from the grim reaper may be necessary to achieve your posthumous goals. It’s a wise strategy to cultivate his friendship. “Put that scythe to good use,” is often an effective motivational taunt. Sequels, long running series, and short story compilations are fine for the living. For the dead, they’re at best, problematic.

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