clues at the scene

clues at the scene

Friday, March 22, 2013

We Are Content Mules

Small soapbox tonight.

Writers are the content mules. What we contribute first to our own careers is content. Everything else is a distant fourth place.

New writers at any gathering invariably turn to bitching about "the industry" or "those agents" or "traditional publishers not giving you a chance" or the color "blue."

The answer to whatever slight you might suffer in the future is: write a better book.

It's the only thing under your control.

Oh, sure. Dan Brown. E.L. James. Insert Any Other Name Here. They are not you. Write well enough to draw the interest of the committee for the top award in your genre (or the Pulitzer, if all else fails) and problems fade quickly.

Now, run over to Elizabeth Spann Craig (here) for a better written version of this message. She's got a great take on the subject.

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