Friday, February 18, 2011

Relying on Just Yourself

One thing I have learned in my life is that you really cannot rely on anyone else except yourself. Once you do, you set yourself up for disappointment. People being the way are really do not prioritize anything that is not self-driven. This is especially true in the fields of writing and publishing. Most of us have to learn this dismal fact the hard way. Chances are, the majority of writers, would-be and otherwise, have had to pay someone to publish their work. Once they do there are a plethora of things that can happen, few of them good. First of all, we learn the value of contracts(thank goodness I always demand them before completing any business venture with anyone). If you pay someone without completing one, they legally do not have to fulfill any obligation to you at all. If you do in fact complete one, a timeline must be set(otherwise you will wind up wasting years of your life waiting just like I did). If the person in charge of getting you published has any say so with the final product of your work, you might want to discuss specific details of it with them on a regular basis or else the quality of your work will suffer. All in all, no one else in the world is going to care about your work the way you do, not even your fans. In the publishing world, it's better to be a jack of all trades and master of none than being just a decent writer with no other skills.

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