Hello. I am an unknown person who woke up one day with this tiny niggling idea. It said, you should write a book. So I did. One idea turned into many sentences and years later here I am, choosing to journey down a path where I can write professionally.
Now I know what you must be thinking. That’s great news. A wonderful new adventure that will bring exciting possibilities. I think so too. Or rather, I thought so. Why have I decided to change my mind? I shall tell you.
Publishing is an entirely different world than writing. At least for me it is. In my naïve mind empty and void of knowledge about what publishing entails, I thought, author writes book, author gives book to editors and viola, a book is made. Okay so perhaps I knew it wasn’t that simple, but you get the gist. While my fingers were happy dancing across the letters of my keyboard, I never imagined it would take me months to find an editor.
I have been told by some editors that they are booked solid till the next century. Or, that they only want to edit specific genres – something I didn’t realize, although makes sense. The most shocking thing I have been told is, the manuscript I wrote is TOO LONG. TOO LONG! The avid reader in me can’t fathom the idea that there is such a thing as a “too long” book, but apparently there is.
The list of my grievances can go on and on. Okay perhaps not that long, but enough for me to rant through half a bottle of wine. While I understand the explanations of why my manuscript is deemed too long, it frustrates me as well. I didn’t think about writing limits at all when I started. I wrote until those glorious words, The End. However, the pros believe the mass public won’t be willing to sit down and read a book with seemingly endless pages. The reader in me begs to differ. The writer in me feels the manuscript is being judged and the poor thing doesn’t even have a cover!
I keep asking, is this the turn literature is taking? Is literature about to become tainted by the instant gratification world too? Are stories going to become limited to one hundred forty characters or less! Are we as a human race really that incapable of dedicating a few moments to relaxation?
So, where does this leave me? Sending my manuscript to the hidden angels of the writing realm, beta readers. These lovely people will read my book with both a professional mind and a pleasure reading view. In a few weeks, their sharp eyes will report if the book is a never ending dud or a never ending page turner. In the meantime, please pass me a glass, I need to finish the remaining half bottle of wine.
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