The Long Way to Publication — Joni M. Fisher

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.

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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.

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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….

Source: The Long Way to Pub­li­ca­tion — Joni M. Fisher

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