Je suis tombée sur ça il y a quelque temps, j'ai trouvé ça informatif et drôle par moments. Un auteur publié parle de l'édition : http://www.ian-irvine.com/publishing.html.
Il est Australien et à certains moments, il dit des choses qui sont spécifiques à l'édition en anglais, mais il compare aussi les différentes éditions anglophones, ce qui est en soi intéressant pour avoir du recul. Cela concerne aussi beaucoup l'édition papier, que nous ne faisons pas encore à Laska, mais ça pourrait venir bientôt... 🙂
Morceaux choisis :
But writing talent isn't nearly enough; thousands of people have it. To succeed, you have to write the best story you possibly can, for the genre you're writing in, and be professional in every other way. It's the writers who work hardest at every aspect of their craft, and never give up, that get there.
If you want to be a successful writer, be prepared to work as hard, and as long, as if you wanted to be a violinist in an orchestra, a professional cricketer or, God forbid, a lawyer.
Publishing is a competitive and low profit business, and no publisher can afford to pay people to read manuscripts. Some publishers no longer look at unsolicited manuscripts – they simply return them if postage is provided, or shred them if it isn't. Where they do look at manuscripts, it will only be the professionally presented ones – perhaps half the total. Of that 2,500, say, 90% will be rejected on the first page and 98% by the end of the first chapter.
These are the most common reasons that fiction manuscripts are rejected:
The writer simply can't write;
The writer has written a first draft and submitted it without bothering to edit it. No professional would submit a first draft;
The storyline and characters are directly recycled from well known novels, TV shows, movies or computer games;
It's not a story, just a series of unrelated events; or it's a polemic or rant, or a poorly disguised religious tract
It's grossly violent, libellous, pornographic, depraved or offensive, or off-the-planet weird;
It's not appropriate for the publisher you sent it to, or their publishing schedule is already full; or
The public simply aren't buying that kind of stuff at the moment.
Australian and British publishers will generally consult you about the covers, though they won't necessarily adopt your suggestions, which is fine. They ought to know what constitutes a good cover in their marketplace. American publishers may not consult you at all, which isn't as bad as it sounds. American covers are so different to Australian and British ones that you may not have anything useful to contribute. eg, American fantasy covers without people on them rarely succeed, whereas to the Australian and British eye such covers often look cute or twee. Australian or British publishers may ask you to provide copy for the blurb. American publishers will probably write their own and may change the title to suit their own sensibilities or markets.
if you've got months to spare and at least $10,000 lying around with nothing to spend it on, you could consider self-publishing.
Sales and marketing are both very expensive, and most books aren't going to sell enough copies to justify much more than the minimum expenditure (i.e. an entry in the monthly sales catalogue).
Promotion doesn't increase the size of the market - all it can do is influence people to spend their money on your book rather than someone else's.
To become a successful author, you have to establish your name as a brand that the reading public can trust. If they spend twenty bucks on your book, they expect to get their money's worth of entertainment. If they don't, your readers will feel ripped off and tell their friends what a rotten book it was.
Besides, most people who read popular fiction don't read reviews.
Your loyal readers want more of the same and they'll be unhappy if they don't get it. Switch genres and you can expect to lose 90% of your readers, no matter how good you are in the new genre.
But always remember that you're competing with all the other writers in your genre, in the world, and you're only as good as your last book.
If all this is so disheartening that you plan to give up, you probably weren't meant to be a writer - you just don't want it enough.
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