Wednesday, January 03, 2007
This is probably going to seem silly to most of you, but Stewart over at House of Sternberg got me thinking again. (dangerous, I know) He mentioned in a post he put up yesterday that libraries have been pulling classics off the shelves because no one is reading them anymore. Yikes! That's upsetting to me to say the least. But what I also wonder is what impact that's going to have on would-be writers like myself? I'm sure many of you have noticed, but there is no shortage of blogs being authored by aspiring writers. I like to cruise them from time to time and read what people have to share. Obviously some are better than others but clearly there are a lot of talented people out there. I admit, I'm always a little intimidated at the thought of trying to get something published. I don't know how well I'll handle the inevitable rejection letters. Add that to the fact that there are already so many others out there trying to do the same thing and sometimes it seems like an impossible goal. And that's without taking into consideration that the classics apparently can't even hold on to shelf space. And on top of all the problems already listed, the short story magazine industry also seems to be going the way of the dinosaur. So I can't help but wonder, is it going to just keep getting harder to get anything published? People talk about online publishing and I know a fair number of also publish their own work if they can't sell something. But I'm not talking about that really. I'm talking about main-stream publishing. Are we going to have to adjust our expectations or are we simply going to have to make sure to cater to what is popular in order to see our work in print? Speaking for myself, I don't think I can write something that isn't interesting to me just to see my name on the front of a book. I'm not a huge fan of "chick lit;" you know those books that cater to what modern women are supposed to like to read. And frankly, Oprah's book club usually leaves me cold. Yep, my taste is kind of narrow. My blog is evidence of that. I have made a few friends in the blogoshere, but generally speaking, the only one's who return regularly share my love of sci-fi. So what do I do? Plug away and hope for the best? Or change what I write about and seek some way to appeal to the masses? Can one consciously do that? To be honest, I doubt I could. I think I would start doing one thing and it would inevitably morph into what I usually do. What about you other writers out there? What is your plan for success? Oh, and sorry this isn't sci-fi related. But I guess it's okay to go off topic once in awhile. Isn't it?