The other day, I was
stalking reading agent sites. Their comments about queries and submissions in general made me realize getting published is a lot like driving a car.
Some of us are too fast, rushing through our first drafts, throwing words on the paper like a teenager. There’s nothing wrong with a little speed. We all want to make it to the finish line before we lose gas, but if we forget to slow down and run spell check or meet with our critique group before submitting to an agent–crash. The race is over before we’ve made it around the first lap.
Likewise, driving too slowly can be equally as dangerous. You know the people who get on the freeway going ten miles an hour? They cause just as many accidents, truly. If the fear of rejection has us editing our WIP for the hundredth time or we agonize over our manuscripts for five long years, the market will pass us by.
Publishing takes a certain amount of guts. We need to step on the pedal and put ourselves out there, but only after we’ve slowed down long enough to take in the sights.
I’m guilt of doing both (and playing my music too loudly while I’m at it). How about you?
Today I watched a video from a book expo earlier this year, discussing the future of publishing.
Over the past week I’ve noticed that many of my fellow bloggers are concerned with the onslaught of eBooks and this means for their beloved hardbacks. Will they become extinct?
Nathan Bransford posted an article on his site, ‘Top 10 Myths about ebook future,’ that gives us some hope the printed versions won’t become die out anytime soon.
But I also started thinking it sounds an awful lot like the Chicken Little syndrome. Is the sky really falling? In the past, the personal computer wiped out the typewriters; the car made the horse and buggy obsolete. It stands to reason the same may come to pass for the traditional book. Although I have to admit that the world, as least for a writer, feels much better on a computer than a typewriter. I couldn’t imagine playing with a scene or word choice as much as I do if I knew I’d have to retype the entire page. And with cars, I like the fact I can drive to the beach in a matter of days as opposed to weeks or months.
Does the invention of the eBook mean hard copies will disappear completely though? If we count the cavemen drawings, people have written stories for thousands of years. We have computers, but we also still have paper and pencils. We have cars, but people still ride horses. We have TVs, but people still read books. Why?
Yes, I think the demand for hardcover copies of our favorite books will decrease while the invention of a more interactive experience will increase (previous post on books of the future). However, I’m not running for the local bookstore, buying up every last title I can because the paper and ink version will continue to hold a place in many people’s lives. If people buy it, publishers will produce it.
What do you all think?