Yesterday io9 unearthed a five-year-old video where comic book legend Alan Moore had some surprising advice for those who are trying to break into publishing.
Recorded on someone’s phone at an anti-library closure protest at St James Library, Northampton, UK, the video shows Moore start by giving the usual advice to writers.
Write everyday, he said, and be self-critical. “Don’t beat yourself up, but look at your stuff and think: I could probably have done that better. You’ll know where the weaknesses are, the little bits that don’t sparkle. Do it again, or next time you write a story try and do it a little bit better.”
And then, about two minutes into the video, the Watchmen co-creator moves from talking about writing to talking about publishing, and he drops this bombshell.
“And as far as publishing goes, my third tip: Publishing today is a complete mess. I know brilliant authors who cannot get books published,” He adds “Most book publishers don’t want to take a risk on fiction.” His advice is to instead “publish yourself. It’s become easier and easier.”
Even in 2015, it’s both surprising and refreshing for an established big name writer to be honest about an author’s chances of getting a publishing contract.
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