Writing your first book is in the back of the mind of almost every blogger. The food bloggers want to write a cook book. The travel bloggers want to write a travelogue or travel guide kind of a book with all their adventures and experiences and story writers want to publish their novels or their collection of short stories.
Being a blogger we are already publishing our work daily though these works are freely available to the public but still these are creative work. I was recently going through a poem written by a fellow blogger and was mesmerized with it. The quality was so good that it could have easily become part of our academic curriculum.Even some comments stated the same. Similarly I find few very good short story writers who work so hard in their story and publish their work for the readers free of cost. All these are creative works and are publish but they don't get the value they need.
You have to be a published writer to be noticed and even then you are been exploited in the hands of publishers. So, seeing the broad picture if you are a creative writer then you are a born victim and nobody can help it.
I will also add a real story to this, since my family has been in academics from very long time, more than 5 generations. We have known some really great names in Indian academic circle. There was a poet whose poem is part of the CBSE syllabus and almost everyone know him because it is a very popular poem but he hardly used to get any money from his publishers and don't even ask about government help but yes the publisher became rich.
There is no way to check how many books are published and sold though with books being sold on E-commerce site some data is being available these days but most of academic books which are sold from the book shops gets undetected and there is no data available for them.
You will now ask how is all this going to impact your first book, yes these things does impact me. I don't want that other people should get rich with my work, I would rather make my work available to the public free of cost. Why should anyone pay for my work when the profit is hardly going to come to me.
How many publishers give details about the number of books published and sold. This is a open letter and I challenge there will be no publisher who can come out and say that you can check the details on my website. Share it to every author and publisher you know and lets see there response on this.
We are bringing reforms in every sector and it's time for the publishing sector to come clean on this and give the due rights to the authors. Like many of the creative bloggers I have my work ready with me but I am not interested in publishing because I know there is hardly any profit in taking this much toll when you are hardly going to get anything out of it.
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