Conventional wisdom says that writing a book is easy, editing is hard. Getting published by anyone other than Createspace is like flying – it requires a great deal of perseverance, determination, a can-do attitude, and a shit-load of luck. A lack of sensitivity to pain, and a profound deafness to nay-sayers helps as well.
There was a guy I used to know, a fellow nursing student, who wore a T-shirt that said:
“Nookie; Just Did It.”
I think he graduated.
I’ve been working with an established Australian publisher to formulate a deal for writing some books. Severed Press expressed interest in hearing proposals, so I wrote a bunch of ideas based on current, unpublished original WIP’s I have.
They rejected all of them except one that they wanted to change quite a bit. Further discussion gave more clarity around what for them would be a sweet spot in my creative contributions to their publishing empire.
If you call yourself Save the Whales, every once in a while you have to save a whale.
~ Tom Ahern
Once upon a time… if you wanted to go into business you worked a day job, saved up some money. Wrote a business plan and went to the bank and seriously considered giving oral pleasure to the loan officer behind the desk in order to get the funds you needed to maybe get your business off the ground.
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”
~ Groucho Marx
The Universe isn’t sentient.
Readers are sentient (mostly)
Neither the Universe or the reading public owe me a favour or charity.
It is popular to say, There is a remarkable sense of entitlement among writers. We all expect (nay, demand!) overnight success and that every man and his dog (good dog) read our every word and buy our books and leave reviews and so on and so forth.
“I’m sure the only act that sells more books than a good banning is a good burning.”
~ Pansy Schneider-Horst
EBook reading devices are like telephones in call centres. Sometimes you want to throw a book across the room and sometimes you want to slam the phone down in an arseholes ear. With eBook readers, like call centre telephones, you just can’t get that satisfaction.