Wednesday, April 24, 2013

[Linkage] U is for Ugly Truths

Note: My A-Z theme is linkage. Every day (at 7:00 a.m. EST), I'm going to list three helpful industry links per letter, and then I'll ask for suggestions in the comments—that way, we can pool our resources! :)


U is for Ugly Truths:

 Have you faced any "ugly" truths since you started writing?

41 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I guess I was fortunate I didn't have high expectations.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

We hear all the success stories, but sometimes we forget publishing has a dark side, too. A dark side that the majority of authors have to deal with. Most unpublished writers don't know about it unless they know someone who is published and willing to spill all. And it doesn't matter if your self published or traditionally published, it all has a dark side. :(

JeffO said...

Wendig is a lot of fun. Ugly truth: this is going to take a lot longer than I thought/hoped.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Wow, that's some interesting reading. I'm just glad I'm not in this for the money. If books sales pay for my conferences and such, I'm good. Anything else would be frosting on the cake.

Julie Luek said...

Ugly truths are good to be aware of. Writing and publishing is full of them. And yet we do it anyway! Good for the dreamers.

C. Lee McKenzie said...

It's better to know the truth than it is not to. Publishing is a business, so it's not all pat on the back, there-there, you're a great writer, therefore, you will sell books. Glad there are realists out there to give writers those facts.

Again, thanks for the links, Carrie.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I don't like truths, but it is always in my best interest to accept them. Thanks for the links! (The second one is really depressing!)

Jessie Humphries said...

Wow, just wow!

Nancy Thompson said...

Yes! Publishing is NOT all its cracked up to be. But still, I love to write and I love to share what I write.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Long ago I realized I needed to have someone edit my stuff because I'm no editor (but I can do it to a point). Recently I realized that a novella (not from the Sacrifice Series) I was writing was more a romance with sci-fi elements book than sci-fi with slight romantic elements and I have to do it over. But I believe it will be worth it in the end. Thanks for the links.

Carrie-Anne said...

I didn't realize how long the path to publication can be, nor that the historical saga isn't as popular as it was in past decades. I also didn't realize that many powers that be frown on an unpublished writer deliberately planning and writing an entire series or family saga, as opposed to just one book.

Mark Means said...

While I think Chuck has some excellent advice, I just can't get past his "Jay and Silent Bob" approach to writing. Just not my cup of tea.

Melissa said...

Carrie. You just haaaad to burst our little bubbles, didn't you?
:P

Michael Di Gesu said...

So many UGLY truths...

I was so naive four years ago when I banged out my first novel. Too many words, too little knowledge.

Like Carrie, I didn't realize it so long for publication. Also that perfection is expected in EVERYTHING from your first to last sentence and also in querying process. Another shock was THE HUGE AMOUNT of talented writers who are on the same journey as you. NOT TO MENTION the ones who are already published. It makes a writer jump into his laptop and never come out....

Carrie Butler said...

Indeed! It's kind of like that saying: "Hope for the best and prepare for the worst." ;)

Carrie Butler said...

Exactly. But if it weren't for the dark, we wouldn't truly appreciate the light. :)

(That was my best attempt at optimism. LOL)

Connie B. Dowell said...

Wendig certainly isn't afraid to tell it like it is, even when what it is that he has to tell is not such great news. Depressing as stories like these may be, they are important for writers to hear. It's important to know the good and the bad that goes on in writing and publishing, not to encourage anyone to give up, but to keep expectations realistic.

David List said...

Ouch. This is why I keep my hopes high and expectations low. (I'm kind of annoying like that, I guess).
What can we do but carry on?

David List said...

You did well.

David List said...

Ha! I just noticed this after posting that almost verbatim below.

Carrie Butler said...

Ah, yes. I think this process takes a lot longer than most people expect.

Carrie Butler said...

Given my financial situation, getting anything will be a pleasant surprise. LOL

Carrie Butler said...

You know me. I'm a killer of dreams. :P

Carrie Butler said...

You know what they say about great minds, David. ;)

Carrie Butler said...

Those masochistic creative types... ;)

Carrie Butler said...

Me too. I'd rather be prepared. :)

No problem, Lee!

Carrie Butler said...

Isn't that always the case? *Sigh* Anytime, Elizabeth!

Carrie Butler said...

Wow, indeed!

Carrie Butler said...

Amen to that! :)

Carrie Butler said...

Those revelations are never fun, but they're almost always for the best. Good luck, Sheena-kay! :)

Carrie Butler said...

Ah, yes. The sounds like the time (2011) I incorrectly assumed the world was ready for college-aged fiction...

Carrie Butler said...

Yeah, it's definitely not for everyone.

Carrie Butler said...

Oh my goodness, yes. I didn't realize the weight queries and first chapters hold. Talk about pressure!

Carrie Butler said...

Exactly, David!

Carrie Butler said...

Absolutely. They're things we really need to hear and accept.

Angela Brown said...

This is where being a realist - not really a pessimist - comes in handy. Going into this industry with "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" dreams is cute, but there's an ugly truth that can undercut someone going into it with eyes wide shut.

Dorine White said...

Yes, it takes FOREVER do to anything. At least a decade to get a publisher. Still no agent (yet), from hearing back on queries to going from contract to release date.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Love the comments you're getting, Carrie. It's wonderful to see such diversity. I'm checking all these and yesterday's out too.

Carrie Butler said...

Well said, Angela! :)

Carrie Butler said...

It certainly does. Thankfully, that gives us plenty of time to get to know each other during the journey. Writer support is the best. :)

Carrie Butler said...

Me too! Everyone has such wonderful insights to share. :)