Posted by: C.R. Mooney | September 1, 2009

The 7 Biggest Myths of Publishing

I love Writer’s Digest, and am a subscriber.  Every day there is something there that inspires me to be a better writer.  Whether it’s an article on a particular subject, or shared experiences from published authors, there is something there for every writer, no matter the experience level.  Here is a great article by Elizabeth Sims on the seven biggest myths of publishing.  Please click through to the rest of the article.

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The 7 Biggest Myths of Publishing (Know the Truth)

A veteran author tells you, writer to writer, what getting published is really like—and confronts the seven biggest myths.

Writers talk about “giving birth” to a book, and that’s a beautiful metaphor. Same as with a baby, your book is first, well—conceived. Initially it’s just a mote of a thing, insubstantial and unreal, yet over time you feel it growing inside you. Eventually it begins kicking to get out.

And so it happens: You acknowledge its inevitability, you work long and hard, you bleed, you sweat, you cry, and then one day the pains cease and you’re holding this beautiful little being in your hands. It has your DNA! And even though it comes from your deepest core, it’s really got a personality all its own. Naturally you hope that someday it will develop free will and learn basic skills like cleaning the oven or calculating algebra. You love it unconditionally. It’s your bundle of joy: your book.

Yet in truth, this metaphor is totally wrong. Having your book published is not like giving birth. It’s like having your newborn ripped from your arms and given to a foster family you’ve never laid eyes on in your life.

It’s a heavy trip, as laden with phony stories as parenthood is. In order to survive it in style, you need to know the truth behind the myths.


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