Truth. It’s easy to become jaded about publishing. Ask questions. Take the time to find people willing to help. They are out there.
Without writers, publishing as an industry would not exist. Well, duh, you may well say; how obvious; how trite; how could any sane person not know that? And I would agree. But I begin to suspect that this truth we declare self-evident is in fact the greatest of mysteries to the rest of the monstrous machine.
One of the great traditions of traditional publishing is treating the people who write the product they sell like galley slaves, a necessary inconvenience that whines too much and smells kind of funny. Myself, I’ve spent immense slabs of my professional life waiting around on some agent or editor to give me an answer on something even when they called me first. Hurry up and wait and don’t ask for anything has always been the order of the day, and writers have had the choice to either take it on the chin or head…
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