I’m frustrated because I just lost the post I was working on and I was three long paragraphs into it. Grrr…
I’d like to wish my Mom a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I wish I could be there to celebrate with you and your new ‘bundle of joy’. 😉 I love and miss you. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! May you have many, many, many more. XOXOXO Love, Me.
Let’s try this again. As writers, we have to be chameleons. Publishing is a very volatile business. Like any other business, it must ‘adapt or die’. Writers need to do the same. I’ve been lurking on several writers’ loops that seem to have forgotten that simple adage. I’ve thought about speaking up and reminding the groups that, that was the case, but I didn’t. Why? Because as my dh so succinctly said this morning, “They don’t want to hear it.”
It used to be that an author would start out in a genre and take time to build their name before moving onto something else. This is still true to a certain degree, but it’s changing rapidly. Nowadays in order for an author to survive, they need to adapt—and diversify. If you aren’t making the same kind of money you were ten/fifteen years ago by writing westerns, then it’s time to write something else. It’s that simple and that difficult. People by nature don’t like change. I know I’m one of them. There are a lot of aspects of my life that I don’t like to see change in. Writing is NOT one of them. I get bored out of my mind writing the same kinds of books. That’s probably why I’ve published in four different romance sub-genres and I’m trying for two more outside of romance. I don’t consider this flighty. I consider it employable.
I guess that’s why I get so frustrated and downright bummed out when people talk about the good old days on the loops. I may or may not agree with their thoughts, but the bottom line is those days are OVER. Move on. Work with what’s in front of you and stop trying to cling to an out-dated model.
Now I’m off to get my word count in. I’ve managed nearly 7K in the past two days. I’m shooting for another 3 or 4 today. Got to love Fast Draft and earplugs. 😉