Friday, December 19, 2008

Charles Dickens factoid

I learned from yesterday's USA Today that Charles Dickens could not find a traditional publisher for A Christmas Carol, so he published it himself! One reason he couldn't find a publisher was the length: less than 30,000 words.

The lesson: self-publishing a short novel is not necessarily the path to oblivion.

There are current stories about self-published books making the jump to traditional publishers. I'll report on some of them in a future blog.

Happy snow, New England.


Crystal said...

Hey! Are you posting from the Elmyra airport??? Is it snowing yet?

Rick Dale, author of The Beat Handbook said...

I am indeed! Wow! I had 61 visits on Wednesday. What's up with that?