Archive for January, 2012

Going It Alone

Friday, January 27th, 2012

I am a self-published author, publishing through an independent book publisher, and experience discrimination in a multitude of ways. To the professional writing world, because I fall into the defamatory category of a Vanity Press, I am less than acceptable.  RWA and ACFW’s tunnel vision focuses only on writers who are published by mainstream publishing companies. One site clearly states they wish “to prepare novelists for success in traditional publishing, helping our members strive for excellence in the craft and develop skills that will help their books attract the attention of … publishers…”. And still another professional site states they are interested in helping “serious writers.”

Interesting.

Serious writers? The question that comes to me is Who is more serious? A writer who’s desire and drive to write propels her to find a window when traditional doors are closed? Or a writer who waits for validation from traditional publishers because she doesn’t feel her talent has any legitimacy until someone else says it does?

The professional organizations’ give with one hand and take with another: they give me permission to join their organization, but take away many of the privileges enjoyed by other members.  For example, as a self-published writer, I cannot enter any of their writing contests or be listed as a published author.

Writing contests are important for a multitude of reasons. They give you professional feedback that helps improve your writing. They give you exposure to traditional agents and publishing houses which up your odds of being offered a contract. They give your writing professional affirmation. But because, in their estimation, I’m not a published author, these opportunities are closed to me.

Ah well. So goes life. It’s not the first time I’ve faced rejection, won’t be the last. One of many positive results of growing old is that others’ opinions don’t matter as much as doing what you know you were created to do and forging on despite opposition.

For an interesting discussion on the discrimination from professional writing groups towards those of us who self-publish check out this blog:http://debsanders.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/rwa-does-not-represent-all-romance-writers/

And in the meantime, instead of waiting and hoping for a nod from an agent or publisher, I will revel in the satisfaction of a job well done when I see three of my books already sitting on bookstore shelves, and read the great reviews on the web,  and begin again the fascinating process of plotting my fourth book, Wednesday’s Wild Ride.

Good times.

Interesting.

Serious writers? The question that comes to me is Who is more serious? A writer who’s desire and drive to write propels her to find a window when traditional doors are closed? Or a writer who waits for validation from traditional publishers because she doesn’t feel her talent has any legitimacy until someone else says it does?

The professional organizations’ are double-minded. On the one hand they allow me to join their organizations, but only as a substandard member. As a self-publisher, I am not given the same rights and privileges of other writers.  For example, I cannot take advantage of their contests or be listed as a published author.

Writing contests are important for a multitude of reasons. They give you professional feedback that helps improve your writing. They give you exposure to traditional agents and publishing houses which up your odds of being offered a contract. They give your writing professional affirmation. But because, in their estimation, I’m not a published author, these opportunities are closed to me.

Ah well. So goes life. It’s not the first time I’ve faced rejection, won’t be the last. One of many positive results of growing old is that others’ opinions don’t matter as much as doing what you know you were created to do and forging on despite opposition.

For an interesting discussion on the discrimination from professional writing groups towards those of us who self-publish check out this blog: http://debsanders.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/rwa-does-not-represent-all-romance-writers/

And in the meantime, instead of waiting and hoping for a nod from an agent or publisher, I will revel in the satisfaction of a job well done when I see three of my books already sitting on bookstore shelves and read the great reviews on the web for Sunday’s Promise, Monday’s New Beginning, and Tuesday’s Child then begin again the fascinating process of plotting the fourth book, Wednesday’s Wild Ride.

Good times.

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