Blogger: Rachel Kent
Location: Books & Such main office, Santa Rosa, Calif.
I’ve run out of days for the number of “newbie” assumptions I have to write about! For today, I’m going to list five more, and then we can discuss them.
1) All agents represent the same types of books.
2) My book is so good I don’t need to follow the rules.
3) The book market hasn’t changed since I wrote this book ten years ago.
4) I am a good writer, so I will be published someday.
5) The publishing industry moves quickly.
What have you learned about these five assumptions at this point in your writing careeer? Do you have anything you would add to this list?
Here are some brief comments from me:
#5 is still the craziest for me! I can’t believe how slow we are in this industry–and I’m including myself in that. I work hard each day but never can catch up with the work I have to do. *sigh* At least I love my job!
Writers who believe #2 tend to create more work for everyone around them, and the books are rarely worth the effort.
#4 is sad. I wish all good writers could be published! But so often marketable ideas are picked over beautiful writing.
#1 is a reminder for everyone to check websites before submitting! It saves everyone time.
I based #3 off of a writer I know who has created a single manuscript that was relevant many years ago, but is now trying to sell it into a market that has moved on. Remember not to get stuck in the past!