I think we might have those publisher on the run. They can't compete against 70% and they know it. To bad, so sad. I wonder if the slush piles are dwindling. Probably not, there are still those who think having a publisher makes them a "real author." Ha, we showed them!
Excellent post. You've captured the precise reasons I stopped writing for a very traditional publisher. I'm still on the Yahoo group with authors who have written for that publisher and there's been a thread going recently about all the now-famous (read successful) books that were turned down by big publishing houses. Who's your Daddy now?.
I love the freedom to write what I want. Thanks again for expressing that.
Great stuff Lins - and oh so true. It's so nice to be able to write what [u]I[/u] want to write, not what someone else says I should be writing. Sure, I may not sell as many copies, or make as much money, but it sure feels great getting down my passion into words - and words that others can read, for not much money.
Well said! There's no other way I'd rather go! And having control...now that's awesome! I wouldn't give it up for anything and it's the best decision I've ever made. The best thing that ever happened to me was when those agents and publishers told me no. : )
Got me! Yes, I had an epiphany moment...sort of. Well no, I didn't. I just got on with what everyone said to me. The encouragement, support and belief got me over my 'lump'. And then last night, well, clarity hit. (Doesn't happen too often, I can assure you, but it did lol)
Self belief is great if you have it. Trying to find it sometimes, can make you quite anxious. I guess it's just knowing where to look.. and having some help, and amazing friends and camaraderie of course!
But we are ALL very special. We are all unique. We are all worthy!
Self belief is wonderful while it lasts, but, certainly for me and I suspect for everybody who's honest with themselves, self-doubt is the more common emotion. What we all need is the guts to ride out the self-doubt and get the job done. You've got the first part, now you just need to get down to writing again, the easy(?) part.