I've been collecting writing books since I was in college. A couple of them I still have and read for inspiration. Most of the writing books I thumb through, read once or twice, then discard as no longer helpful.
I like reading what other people have to say about writing, such as techniques, how to get inspiration, things they are working on. Now instead of having to buy a book with this kind of information, I can get it for free from blogs. So many writer blogs.
Do you remember back when starting a blog was a big deal?
Do you remember back when getting a publisher was a big deal?
Do you remember back when telling people you're a writer became a big deal?
Do you remember when telling people you had a book on Amazon was a big deal?
Do you remember when it was a big deal to sign with an agent?
Now, blogging is one of the oldest forms of social media. Tens of thousands have long been abandoned.
So you're a writer? Isn't everyone?
You've got a book on Amazon? Doesn't everyone?
You have an agent, good for you! Good luck selling the book, hope you're not in any hurry.
Getting a publisher is not as difficult as it once was, with so many new ones popping up every day, hungry for material-- ebook only, pay for services and hybrid types are bloated with start-ups.
It makes me wonder if there are any Big Deals left in the book publishing world. Maybe signing with one of the Big New York Publishers and getting a Six figure advance. If I got a six figure advance, it would definitely be a big deal to me.
But we've even heard those stories before, and how the book doesn't earn out the royalties and the writer is dropped. There's a whole lot of sad tales about what happens with the "dream" agent or the "dream" publishing contract.
Is there any magic left in the world of writing and publishing? What do you think? If you allowed yourself to dream big and pull out all the stops, what would be your Big Deal?
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown
"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it." ~Jesse Stuart
"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf