My end of the writing week reflections:
Publishing Power Struggles and the lonely writer:
“If 90% of novels published, “fail” then we need to really rethink the business model. The people who have the most vested interest in those novels not failing are the author. Instead of having an adversarial relationship we need to go in the other direction and make the author-publisher relationship much closer than it’s ever been.” Bob Mayer, “Let’s End the Author vs. Publisher Feuding and Indie vs Trad
Caught in the vortex of a digital revolution the lonely writer doesn’t know where to turn. Sure they’d like to be published in print by one of the big 6, but even if they do their chances of success are slim and sliding. Self-publishing is an option, but it’s a hard road with no guarantees.
Is there an enemy in any of this? Someone I can hate and pin all my anger on? I think not, unless I want to call the enemy technology. The world is changing and to survive I need to change with it, remember that my goal is to tell stories and find my own way to get those stories to readers. It sounds easy, but it’s not. Grumble grumble…
Still, I can’t imagine a better way to spend my time:)
I hate my story:
Yeah, I’m at that stage in revisions where I absolutely loathe my work. But I’m making myself continue with the revisions. If I didn’t I’d never finish any story. So that’s where I’m at…sinking in a stink pot of grumble.
Selling Sex Sells Humanity Short:
“The omnipresent sex industry has stolen our humanity, stolen our sexuality, stolen the way in which we perceive those around us and short changed us with a twisted, power-laden, financially driven lie. A lie which our society profits from and so continues to sell us. So mainstream is the sex industry propaganda that it has become naturalized, almost invisible.”
This quote comes from a powerful article “Not for Sale: The Sex Industry Sell Out”, written by Angel K, a thirty two year old former hooker. She hits you between the eyes with her comments. Well, worth a read.
It made me think about my role as a writer. I think, for me, it’s important to put love and romance in stories and with that comes sex, but not gratuitous sex. My thoughts.