We just got another one, one of those nasty notes sent as a comment, the crux of which states that we should just suck it up, don’t post any guidelines, just read, represent and shut the *&^% up. When we get something like this we imagine disgruntlement. A writer, red-wrinkled face, throwing a tantrum because he/she spent a year writing a novel and wasted yet another year trying to get it published to find that no one wants it.
Unfortunately, this is the nature of the writing life. All real writers know this, as do artists of all kinds. A person can work for months or years on something that just doesn’t seem to fit anywhere. There are waiters in NYC who went to Juliard and haven’t been able to perform in the profession for which they trained. This also goes for all those songwriters and singers in Nashville and those models and actors in LA working in bars and cafes. The arts and all related muses are cruel masters sometimes, but those born under their rule would have it no other way. A lifetime of toil with little, if any, appreciation and a lot of people questioning your judgment. Until the big break comes, what do you do? Give up? Writers just keep writing. They can’t do anything else.
I think everyone in publishing should be given a magic wand so we could wave it over queries, partials and manuscripts we receive and fix all that’s wrong with them. I know my job would be easier, but even at that, it wouldn’t fix a problem that was brought on by the fact that everyone wants recognition and writing something seems the quickest way to get recognized. It’s not.
I wish disappointment could be assuaged by simply lashing out at something or someone. But all this does is to show those who receive a person’s wrath that you don’t understand the profession to which you aspire. Maybe you aren’t an artist or writer or performer, and maybe you just want the glory. In today’s society, everyone seems to want to their fifteen minutes of fame with no effort. Is it so we can be immortalized and worshiped forever? Is it about money and providing for loved ones after you’re gone? What is it then?
At WMLA, we never started this business with visions of undue glory. We wanted to work with books because that’s who we are. We were born this way, dammit. We know that nothing lasts forever, and that’s okay. Immortality is highly over-rated…just ask any vampire.
Heh heh heh.