For me, the self-publishing explosion presented an opportunity of a lifetime, a chance to finally fulfill a dream. With the publishing industry changing so drastically over the last few years, now was my chance.
Yet, I hear of so many authors who still want to get “published.” What is it about getting published with a publisher that validates who we are as authors? Personally I don’t see the appeal, probably because I don’t feel the need to have a publisher approve of my work.
I just read, Writing With The Master by Tony Vanderwarker. It was entertaining, witty, informative, and so far, one of the best books on writing I have read in awhile. Vanderwarker writes about how John Grisham mentored him during the novel writing process. What I enjoyed most about it was it was written by the point of view of a struggling writer, someone like me, and what he went through to write a book with the help of a bestselling author. It was something I could relate to.
The following quotes from the book really struck a chord with me.
"Few authors hit it out of the park the first time at bat. It's taken me twenty years just to get to base."
How true! As an author, the only validation I need are readers who enjoy reading my stories. I’m not a famous literary author, but I can spin a great tale. I don’t need literary critics telling me if my writing is worthwhile.
Should an author self-publish, or continue on the journey to find a traditional publisher? That is a question that only the individual author can answer. Both have the possibilities of rejection. Both have the abilities for greatness. I can only answer for myself; I chose to self-publish. It fits me. Like, Tony Vanderwarker, I may not hit it out of the park, but I would be very happy just making it to base, even if I am walked.
Everyone has a talent, a passion, a way to express themselves; I express myself through photography and writing. I enjoy being surrounded by creative people - they are truly an inspiration.
You can find some of my writings here on this website.
The Author in all of us
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