Today’s contribution comes from Joni M. Fisher’s blog Writing with purpose and passion. I have had similar feelings whenever I have heard people say I am writing a book, especially since the time I worked for a book and magazine distributor, that said, writers should not give up on their goal, but they need to be informed about what it takes to get their book published. There are many challenges to be faced. I am in the process of re-learning this as I try to get a publisher for the novel I completed last year.
Whenever someone tells me they want to write a book, I cringe for them. Sure, writing can be satisfying in itself because it is a form of expression, an art form. I cringe because the unspoken assumption is that completing a book means it is ready for publication and that chasm between writing and publishing can be like traversing the Grand Canyon on crutches. This is the story behind the story of South of Justice which comes out May 15th.
How many writers have held up their first draft like Mufasa in the The Lion King held up his son Simba for all the world to admire? Remember that Simba was not ready to face the world alone or assume his true place in the world until YEARS later. It is like that with first draft manuscript. Oh, if I knew then what I know now….