Many years ago, I came across an interview with the late James Michener, the Pulitzer Prize winning author whose forty books have sold tens of millions of copies. In the interview, he was asked about the secret to his success. The essence of his answer, which has always stuck in my head, was this: I am a better editor than a writer.
While it is true that editing is a crucial aspect of publishing, it isn’t the only aspect. The publishing industry has a place for every bibliophile out there—even fanfiction writers.
What once started as a public book domain soon turned into a multi-media, world-building phenomenon.
According to Michael Shymanski, one of Ooligan’s Acquisitions Managers, think of your first page as the reader’s initial impression, much like “meeting your friend’s spouse for the first time.” First impressions can be insignificant, even disastrous, or they can be absolute magic. If the magic is there, an editor will know it immediately.
While many true crime books focus on the murders, madmen, and crazed, one wonders how the survivors and victims, who are generally women, walk in a world where their deepest traumas are made permanent on ink and paper.
If you are a writer or an artist who would like to start issuing your own work, it might be an excellent time to start creating your own zine.