Friday, May 29, 2009

The easy button

There is no nice way to say this, writing takes time, focus, and dedication honing the skills of the craft. There is no easy button.

The publishing industry looks at its indie cousin and laughs. Why? Because we have earned a shoddy reputation. Often beginning writers slop through the first draft of their manuscript and call it done, if they are dedicated enough to finish it.

Then that 'masterpiece' gets sent to three agents or three publishers and the wantabe author quits because rejection letters don't feel good. Don't come crying to me about rejection letters. I have had 216 rejection letters over my career and I'm sure there will be many, many more because I won't quit writing.

There are and always have been fantastic indie books. If you choose to be an indie author, at least do it with some style. Do it with determination to make it the best book you can for your readers, they deserve nothing less.

So? Keep improving. Keep focused. Keep writing. Write your best book. Write to your readers, not the industry or your ego. Write to tell your readers an honest story and you will have done a good day's work.

Look who's laughing now.

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