First off, thank you for all of your kind words on yesterday's post. You talked me off a ledge, so to speak. I'm going to keep fighting the good fight. Because I HAVE to believe that several someones, somewhere, want to read a book not for it's gimmicky vampire dystopian universe where all the animals are zombies and all the vegetables talk in full sentences (not that those can't be fun) but for its characters and story.
I believe in arcs and climaxes and plot. I do! But I also want to write something true to life. The kind of fiction I like are stories and characters I can relate to in scenarios that seem somewhat plausible. And I hope others do, too.
I've done a lot of soul searching over the past 24 hours...trying to figure out why getting agented and published by a big NY house is my holy grail. I really don't know, except that it's the ultimate in validation for a fiction writer.
That said, the industry is obviously changing. E-publishing is growing like crazy and the gatekeeper's walls are starting to crumble, for better or worse. This is exciting. But throwing my manuscript up on Smashwords still isn't going to satisfy me.
Anyway, I just wanted to let the eight of you who commented know that you helped. Very humbly, thank you.