Goodbye MW


Yes, this is true.  The time has come to say goodbye.

For those of you who have followed along over the last few years, you know my writing career has taken some strange turns. In part, those turns have led me into the world of self/indie-publishing.  Although I’ve tried hard to make my actions clear — that I don’t recommend new writers do as I do — at MW, we feel that this new path I’m choosing is muddying the waters for what MW teaches: namely, that all writers should seek out a traditional writing path.

Quite frankly, you new writers are at the beginning of a long road.  For me, though, I’ve already traveled this road extensively (I’ve been writing for twenty years).  Hopefully, I’ve got a long road still to come. But regardless, I’ve gained the publishing experience, I’ve got the networked connections, and I understand the realities of what I’m doing.  Too often, new writers attempt to self-publish in order to work around the system.  That’s not a way to succeed.  See, even as I do the indie-thing with The Way of the Black Beast (out now!), I have other books being considered by the small presses, and a YA WIP that, when finished, will start me on the agent/traditional pub road again.  So in this case (and to sound like your parents), do as I say not as I do. 🙂

I urge all writers just starting out to make a strong push for the traditional presses.  After all, you’ll never know unless you try.  Plus, even if it doesn’t work out, you will learn an enormous amount about the publishing business and its realities.  You will become a better writer. You will make great connections with people who can help you later.  And you’ll make great friends, too.

I will miss being here at MW.  I’ve enjoyed your comments and the opportunity to meet many of you at ConCarolinas and elsewhere.  And, of course, while this is a goodbye, I’m not disappearing from the world.  Those of you who want to follow the rest of my “Self-Publishing Adventure” can still find me at all the usual places (Facebook, Twitter, etc) as well as my blog and The Eclectic Review podcast.  So rather than “goodbye” this is more of a “see ya around.”

Thank you all for coming by on Fridays to read my blather.  I’ve heard from a few of you that my posts have helped, and after almost fifty posts, that makes it all worthwhile.  Keep coming to MW.  Keep writing.  Good luck.  And don’t be a stranger.

Farewell, my fine MW friends.


30 comments to Goodbye MW

  • I’m sorry to hear that you are leaving, Stuart! I’ve enjoyed your insights for the time that you were here. I still got you on Twitter at least. 🙂

    I do wish you all the success in the world as you continue writing those “magical words”.

  • Stuart – Best of luck in all of your many ventures! I look forward to following your continuing career…

  • All the very best, Stuart. And stay in touch. AJH

  • We’re certainly sorry to see you go, Stuart! It was lovely to meet you at Stellar Con this year, and I hope to see you again in the future! I’ll keep checking back with the Eclectic Review!

  • Stuart, It certainly won’t be the same without you. Best of luck with all the books, present and future, and I’ll see you around the con circuit.

  • Huh. I never felt you were espousing everyone go self-pub and honestly, I liked seeing the other side of things and being able to contrast and compare. That’s why I like seeing people like John Hartness post on here in the comments as well. It gives me that ability to see both sides of the story and make my own decisions.

    Sorry to see you headin’ out, but I’ll keep tabs in other places and maybe one day we’ll bump into each other at a Con somewhere. First drink of choice is on me. 🙂

  • Stuart, I am very sorry you are leaving. I hope the very best for you. I hope you take the e-market by storm. Best of luck. And the RV is always open to you, my friend.

    Now, for the record, and for our readers, I am totally for self publishing for some people in some situations as long as the book is ready for market.

    As Stuart said in other posts, the manuscript must have seen a *good* developmental editor. It must be excellent work. And the writer must have a way to develop a platform to get his book noticed by the e-book readers out there. E-pubbing is no easier than the traditional route. In many ways it is harder. But done correctly, it can lead to great things. Done wrong, it can stall a career.

  • Stuart, take care, and all the best for you in the future. I really enjoyed meeting you at ConCarolinas, and I appreciated what you had to say here. Thank you for everything you’ve contributed to MW.

    I’ll second what Daniel said about buying you a drink! 🙂

  • Thanks for your terrific contributions to this site, Stuart. As you say, this is not “goodbye” and I look forward to hanging out with you at cons. Be well; best of luck in all that you do,

  • Thanks all for your kind words. And those of you offering, I’ll take you up on those drinks — let’s see, I’ll be at CapClave and RoundCon in Oct, and RavenCon in April….hm….must sign up for some cons at west so I can get those drinks!

  • Context 25 ( should be in August next year. Been thinking of going. 😉

  • Well, I’ll be sad to see the end of the self-publishing posts here. While my current stated goal is to achieve traditional publishing success, I have not yet ruled out self-publishing in the medium- or long-term. Learning more about the experience from those who are doing it has been very beneficial.

    Like Daniel Davis above, I liked having the opportunity to compare and contrast the various amounts of input and output that go into achieving success at traditional publishing versus digital self-publishing.

    I hope you’ll continue to talk about your experience at your own blog.

  • So sad to see you go Stuart! Your post on how to write a synopsis was one of the best pieces on that subject I’ve ever seen, and ridiculously useful! The stuff on the monomyth that you did, too, really helped a lot (and it helped my students, too, when I gave it to them–credited to you, of course!) I’m sure I’ll see you at Con Carolinas again! Thanks again for all the great advice and information! –Pea Emily (as Faith calls me)

  • You will be missed, Stuart.

  • Hepseba ALHH

    Like those pointed out by Pea Faerie, I have found many of your pieces to be very insightful and helpful, and I’m sad to hear you won’t be posting here any more.

    Thank you, though, for posting a link to your new book. The cover looks totally awesome, and the premise sounds pretty intriguing. Something new to add to the list. 😀

  • Daniel, Stephen and others, this will *not* mark the end of self publishing info on this site. Next Wednesday, I will present a guest poster who *made his nut* in the self publishing arena. He has a lot to say about the pros and cons and will take questions for all comers. If you have specific questions about self-pubbing, and about the way he has succeded, this will be your chance to take it to the next level.

  • Well darn,
    This is one of my favorite writing blogs, and you added so much too it.
    I truly hope you occasionally pop back and do a guest blog. Well, if the
    other members let you. I’m guessing it may take some bribery.

    As far as self publishing? Don’t worry, I’ve definitely learned that it’s a possible
    opportunity for seasoned professionals with a following and a back catalog of work.
    As an aspiring writer, I need to work on my writing skill, not the stuff that goes along
    with publishing.

  • Stuart is a great guy, we will miss him around here, and there won’t be any bribery needed to have him back for a guest post sometime. Although if anyone wants to attempt bribing me, chocolate and rum will go a long way toward ensuring my cooperation. -laughs-

    We’ve always said there’s no one right way to write, and that hasn’t changed. We honestly all wish Stuart every success.

  • @Faith: I look forward to it. I’m always interesting in learning more, getting some real experiences that demystify the self-publishing experience.

    (Of course, I’m also always interested in learning from real experiences that demystify the traditional publishing experience, which is still the main reason I come to Magical Words.)

  • Y’all are gonna make me blush. Thanks for the further kind words.

    For Roxanne and all the rest who want to really thank me — buy my book 😉 I’ve heard that’s the best way. Just saying. It’s what I heard. 🙂

  • Hmm, I heard about that book somewhere. It’s now on my Amazon list. I’m giving myself an iPad when I finish the revision on my WIP, then I’ll go on an eBook buying spree.

  • mudepoz

    I just wanted to ditto everyone. (Okay, so nothing creative.) I spend a lot of time lurking and learning here and have learned a lot from you. I appreciate everyone who shares their time here and losing any of you, with your different takes, is sad. Good luck and see you tweeting….

  • Ryl

    Best of good luck to you, Stuart!

  • Razziecat

    Hate to see you go, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Thanks for all the words of wisdom you’ve shared with us. This site has the most generous, giving writers I’ve ever come across. Miss ya already! 🙁

  • Jeremy Beltran

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us and good luck in the future. You will be missed.

  • John W

    Best of luck.

  • Barron Lance

    Stuart, the monomyth was great. Best of luck.

  • I don’t come here as much as I need to, but I just read this. So sorry to see you go, Stuart. I appreciated your viewpoint on self-publishing, and will miss your insights. I can see where the MWers want to keep their site focused on traditional publishing, as that is what the majority aspire to, but hope you will continue blogging about your experience on your own site. Post to let us know where we may find you.

  • I found your link and will bookmark it.

  • Stuart,
    It’s been a great run here on MW. Thanks for all the information and camaraderie. We’ll keep in touch through other media and hopefully meet sometime soon.

    All the best,