Just in case anyone hasn’t heard….

….about the lovely people at Publish America and the great strides they are making on behalf of writer-kind….

http://www.livejournal.com/users/nihilistic_kid/335661.html?mode=reply

He sums it up pretty nicely. I’ve been skimming forums in various locations (notably sff.net and speculations — and slogged through some of the message boards over on PA’s own site – *owie*). I think somewhere brewing in the back of my mind is something about the importance of understanding the industry of publishing as opposed to the art of writing (if, in fact, the writer’s goal is to be published in such a way as to win acclaim and large advances *grin*)…but I’m still too asleep (and snowed in) to come up with anything lengthy and coherent on the subject. However, at the very least, I’d like to congratulate Preditors and Editors and Writer Beware on all the excellent work they have done. I have referred numerous new writers to their sites, and I’m glad they have made such resources available.

3 responses to “Just in case anyone hasn’t heard….

  1. Don’t get me started. Do NOT get me started.
    Or hell, do get me started. It’s such a lovely, warming rant, full of “what part of “this is not a gimmie, this is a question of hard work, talent, and luck, and timing, and anyone who says any different is selling something so you’d best beware?” do people refuse to hear? Or, more pointedly, “what part of ‘fool and his money’ did you choose to illustrate?”
    Seriously, I’ve been trying to educate wannabees and will-bees for years now, as have many other people, and if there are still people who want to not only take the stupid way out, but feel justified in being stupid, at this point I think we should let ’em.
    (If anyone who runs a writers conference or workshop is reading this, yes I will travel to Rant and Educate. And quite effectively, too, for the most part.)
    Argh. And most of the worst offenders can’t write a basic business letter, much less a coherent story…

    • Sing it out, sister….
      …not that I haven’t been ranting some myself over the last week. No, not me. I don’t do that sort of thing. It’s been like watching a soap opera with a train wreck run by a cult. Or something.
      Someone, in the last few days, said to me — at this point, it’s too late for those people. If they’ve already bought into the program, then going back invalidates everything. Learning isn’t an option anymore. And, even worse, they have to turn around and preach the word because there’s safety in numbers.
      The sad thing is that they’ve perverted that grain of truth (that it is *hard* to get published and to be successful) into something that looks believable on the surface. But if it sounds too good to be true, than what’s the likelihood that it *is* too good to be true? Besides — tell me — in what industry does one become successful *without* hard work, talent, and good timing? (Yeah, that’s a rhetorical question, but if you know of one I’d love to hear of it. I want to give up the “easy” life of being a literary agent for fame and fortune with effort. *grin*)

      • Re: Sing it out, sister….
        Well, being Paris Hilton looks pretty successful, if somewhat embarrassing…
        ‘course, it was pretty easy for her to be born into being Paris Hilton. The rest of us would probably have to work for it. 🙂

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