Apr 22, 2010

Is Publication A Sound Goal?

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, April 22, 2010
I read an article by Jenny Crusie recently. She advocates writers give up their goal to be published, and compares it to the pre-feminism era when a woman's goal was to be married. Both are totally out of your hands. You've no control over whether you succeed or fail.

I agree. A publisher isn't going to play by your rules and send you that contract to meet your deadline. BUT I do think having something to aim for makes you work harder; makes you keep trying, even through the hard times; makes you set achievable goals (all of which will take you that one step closer).

It may be splitting hairs, a goal versus something to aim for, but I value the difference, and will continue to have publication as that gold star to aim to.

You can read the full Jenny Crusie article here.


Leah on April 22, 2010 at 2:31 PM said...

I've read the same article, and agree with you. I think maybe what Jenny Crusie was getting at was that not being published does not equal failure. Just like not having a husband does not mean failure.

I'll keep on having publication as my goal - and make sure that the bit that I do have control of (writing the best book I can) I acheive.

Anita Joy on April 22, 2010 at 5:40 PM said...

Great to know I'm not the only one, Leah. If you do take control and write the best book - I think publication will follow. Good luck!

jenn j mcleod on April 22, 2010 at 10:18 PM said...

jeeze - let me weigh that up on the scales.... Husband...published...Husband...published. Hmm! Which one's more work LOL Think I'll stick to published!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Anita, I think I may well agree with where Jenny Crusie is coming from. Being published is only the business side of freelance novel writing. Sure it’s a receipt for being skilled, being dedicated and for being committed to writing as a profession. Skill. Yet published Author is ego thing, the next step for those who have a liking to that particular trail. For myself, the argument for published is simple, why write a story if no one gets to read it. I suspect Jenny is pointing to the same place, from the other direction. Her argument, why be professional publish author if not many people are going to pay to read your work.

I think I might keep on writing stories in the hope that one-day the pen proves good enough and the appeal broad enough. If I can achieve that, I’m sure the stories themselves will find readers somewhere. Besides it’s fun trying, where I sit. ---- Husbands? (Partners?) There probably are good ones floating around somewhere but there are far more, lower maintenance, dedicated canine friends in need of a good home. Why shout for the stars when a planet can do just fine?

Anita Joy on April 25, 2010 at 9:38 AM said...

I think you may be right Jenn *grin*

Anita Joy on April 25, 2010 at 9:47 AM said...

Ahhh Erin, think I'll have to disagree with you on the reason to be a published author. It's most definitely not an ego thing for me, far from it. For me published author is so much more:
- recognition of the hard work put into perfecting your calling
- the chance to spend your days doing something you love
- hopefully the knowledge you are bringing pleasure into other people's lives

Reality as an unpublished writer is that as writing doesn't pay the bills, and as a fair amount of free time outside of work is spent with husband and kids, the only thing you can steal writing time from is sleep.

Having your day job as an author - perfect!

Amanda Knight on April 27, 2010 at 8:03 PM said...

Anita - I am so with you... and my writing hours are generally between 9pm and 2am... 9pm and 12am if I literally cannot keep my eyes open!

Day job, husband, children and other needy family always eat into that 'few hours' I put aside, outside the midnight call... never seems to happen!

I have a logo above my desk... it says: 'how much do you want it?'

I want my day job to be writing, and do what I have dreamed of... so bring on 5DI - one step closer hey??!


Anita Joy on April 27, 2010 at 10:37 PM said...

Right back at you Amanda. Picture this as the day job -woot- ... and 5DI is another huge step along the path.

We'll find the end one day!!

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