Happens All the Time, I know…
But it seems to really be happening just lately in fiction writing. Or maybe I am just noticing it more lately.
But in Publishing in the 1970s through the early 1990s, it was possible to learn the career and it would remain as you learned it. In fact, there are still old pro writers teaching those old ways to young writers even today, even though the writing career of those times no longer exists at all.
Kris and I used to tell writers it was possible to make a living with your writing in traditional publishing, because that was the only game in town and she and I had been doing it for going on 20 years. Now I flat say it is impossible in traditional publishing, but very, very possible in indie publishing.
So for some reason, just lately, I have been contacted by two (not one, but two) whatever-happened-to writers from the early 1990s. They were seeking my advice on agents and editors and such, as if the last 20 to 30 years hadn’t happened. That publishing hadn’t completely changed.
(And yes, one was so out of touch, he asked me about agents. (grin))
I got nothing I can say. Just flat nothing.
So that’s what I said. I said I couldn’t really help them. I coped out, dodged the question. And most of you know me enough to know I am blunt and answer just damn near any question, no matter the answer. I flat told both I was the wrong person to ask unless they were thinking of going toward indie publishing. Then I could help.
One said they would never do that. The other didn’t even know what it was.
I almost asked what rock they had been living under, but stopped, took my fingers off the keys, and didn’t respond.
There are enough really hungry writers who want to learn and are doing their best to soak in all information about this new world of publishing. Those I want to help, love to help.
But someone who wants to be spoon fed and can’t even bother to spend some time seeing that publishing has changed since they crawled under the rock are not worth my time or energy.
Thanks for listening. This was just a rant I have wanted to do for a time. I think I kept it fairly tame considering how much I hate stupidity. (grin)
(People who really know me are now all nodding.)