As an incorrigible doer of the antithesis, and having a streak of rebelliousness that has always led me towards the opposite of anything, I tend to get on people’s nerves from time to time. Especially those who are inclined to take the more traditional route to towards their goals in life. Hopefully though, when I do express my opinions, I don’t offend.
One terrific literary blogger has been on the receiving end of some of my pointed comments, and I can only admire her tact when responding to my tirades. Sirragirl (@sirra_girl) recently posted a well written and very informative post about how to query Literary Agents. Of course with my inclination to go anyway except the trodden path, I had my say and ten cents worth.
However on reflection, I was wrong in adding my acerbic comments to her post. To take a small quote from her reply to my comments: ‘Some of us still want to pursue this road because the result is rewarding to us. And that’s our personal choice, our dream.’
This hit a nerve with me.
We all have our dreams of how we would like to succeed and there is no standard, correct or incorrect formula. For some, the advent of self publishing and the independence it allows has been a dream come true. While for others the dream is still the traditional route, with the recognition and esteem that comes from being recognised by professionals in the publishing industry. Then again, there are those who have a foot in both camps and self publish some material while holding back other works for submission to Literary Agents.
Whichever path, they all lead to each individual’s dream. Not that any of the paths are a guarantee of success. At the end of the day, it’s about how good a writer you are and if you are lucky enough and talented enough to rise above an ever increasingly crowded market.