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Bright Lights…..Small….Town?

When does that magical day come? The one when you wake up and a voice inside your head says, “Ok, you’re ready now. Go ahead, publish.”

It’s the bright lights, big city illusion. The day of, “Ah…I’m here!” I’m not sure if that day really exists. For anyone.

I am pretty sure though, that no-one can tell you when you’re ready. No voice wakes you up rattling in your psyche to let loose the magical words. I’m afraid we all need to make the, “I’m ready for this,” decision on our own.

Even the big dogs in the industry had to suck it up and go on submission. Many of which were denied plenty before ever being accepted by publishers. Some of whom, even now and by their own admission, aren’t completely convinced of their talent as writers.

As the self published/ebook revolution comes more and more to the forefront, authors and writers have yet another big decision to make; whether or not to go it alone. No agent, no publishing house, no one there to pat you on the back and validate your work. No one to tell you it’s time to go public and it’ll all be ok. It’s just you and maybe a few paper bags for when the hyperventilation sets in as you hit ‘publish’ on Smashwords.

No longer is creating a query letter the main focus when your novel is finished. No longer are writers inundating agents slush piles left and right. Nope. Now, more and more of us are going it alone. No net. And for a plethora of reasons.

The big city, big lights dream seems to have shifted itself over the past few years. Writers are looking to simply be heard. And now they have the means of doing exactly that. We are in the age of bright lights, small town and about now, I’m thinking most of us are feeling pretty alright with that. We have the means of publishing our work and in the grand scheme of things, I believe that it is the ultimate goal. We all hope to be liked, have our words resonate, but at the end of the day, we also feel the need to just be read.

The rest is just glory.

4 responses

  1. I am so glad I found your post today. As a full time design professional and a newbie part time writer and blogger, your words have struck a cord with me. Thanks for putting some of the rambling thoughts running around in my head into a new perspective. You are right: it is the need to simply be read that is the reason I started to write. Thank you.

    August 9, 2011 at 11:31 am

    • Well thank you so much. And for subscribing as well. Good luck in your writing ventures. The rambling will eventually die down a bit although I must admit, it is a part of the process. And yes, I believe at the end of the day, we want to be heard as writers. After all that’s the point. Have a great day;)

      August 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm

  2. It is daunting though… and the idea that someone else “higher up” can validate our work (and therefore validate us) is appealing, but honestly, I don’t think it actually works that way either (agents/publishers turn down great books all the time). At some point you just have to put it out there and see what happens… hope that someone loves it, while at the same time, understand that not every story speaks to every person.

    I was once told, by a filmmaker friend in regards to my feeling not perfectly happy about my films – but I think this applies to all story – “Of course you aren’t 100% happy with it,” he said, “because you are a better filmmaker now.” His point being that each project is a learning experience and we move on to the next one better for the first.

    Thanks for the post!

    August 10, 2011 at 11:49 am

    • Exactly, great comment.

      In the end we are always striving for better, but we can’t reach better without living and learning in the now. And my idea of great, is mine alone, so I can’t expect everyone to fall in love with my work–but a few would be nice;)

      Thanks so much for adding!

      August 10, 2011 at 3:20 pm


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