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12:17 pm: Wright’s Writing Corner: Publishing…Huh…What Is It Good For?


Today’s post appears at Danielle Ackley-McPhail’s new Literary Handiman blog.

As children, so many of us dream of becoming authors, of penning some great novel and wowing the world with the vision that flows from our typing fingers. For some of us, this dream comes true…well, at least parts of it come true. Our book actually makes it through the obstacle course of life to the shelves of your local bookstore.

There is a magic to published authors. Like singers or ball players, people have their own idea of what an author’s life might be like. A friend whose wife is an award winning author once told of hearing his teenage daughter’s girlfriend exclaim, “Your mother’s a writer? I didn’t know you were rich!” Once someone is published, we have expectations as to what they must be like.

One of those expectations is that anyone who has entered the publishing wonder world can answer the age old question—the question that is asked again and again, in countless forms—which is better: Big house? Or small press?

Can we?

Well…we can definitely give it a shot.

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Date:April 7th, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
I'm just glad my daughter's impressed. I don't get much in royalties, but the helpful publishing house did send very nice author signing posters for a couple of engagements we have coming up.
She took one look at them and told me I should frame one and put it in the china cabinet for safe-keeping.
The Southern belle gene seems to have transferred nicely. It's all about the china cabinet. ; )
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Date:April 7th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
Aw! That is just lovely!

My kids are generally unimpressed. I think they were too young when it started...except for Ping-Ping, who is just really good at being unimpressed...the whole teenager thing.
Date:April 12th, 2011 08:43 am (UTC)
Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.

Date:April 16th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
I just want to say, I love the title of this post.
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