This post is part of a blog carnival. To find the other posts in this carnival, go here.
The topic of the blog carnival is “Why I am Indie”.
Well, I don’t have a book out there yet, but in early 2011 I will, and I’ve already chosen to go indie. I’ve discussed the basis for the decision in the first few posts of “The E-Book Experiment”. There are so many things I could talk about for this carnival, but one that keeps coming up time and again really miffs me:
“Keep your day job.”
Uttered by one agent and editor after another (and sometimes parroted by other writers).
I grit my teeth whenever I hear or read the above. In other career paths the idea is to work at it full time to support yourself. A person is to research the career, fully engage in education to learn it, practice and perhaps apprentice to learn job skills, and then earn a living at following that career path.
But writing isn’t included in that? Because it’s a form of art we are supposed to do it only for the love of it, and never to also support ourselves so we can do more of it? Any cut in pay or taking of rights, or extra grudge work to be done? Well, look at the writer. They don’t need the money. It’s only supposed to be for the love of it. Don’t expect anything else.
Shall we turn this around and tell the agents and editors to ‘keep their day job’, as well? That this writing biz can’t support them, either?
They would laugh in our faces.
Yet, the content producers are supposed to give up that dream of that career and only do it as a hobby that takes up all our free time. The continuing education, practice and trade groups we are apart of are nothing. Because writing isn’t a ‘real’ career.
That’s a REAL insult to the creators of the content.
That said, I won’t stop writing. I couldn’t stop if I tried. It’s too much apart of me. I love it, enjoy it, work at it, and push to become a better writer with each project.
That hard work, dedication, perseverance and continuing education deserves respect. One form of respect is the ability to support the family with the results of a writer’s chosen career: published author.
My dream is to make writing my day job. If New York’s traditional ‘deal’ doesn’t allow me to do that (Big disgusting points: That I will get dropped at the drop of a pin over decisions I had no say over while having to promo with no raise in royalty rates, oh and the pitiful royalty rates that are standard) then something is wrong with it.
The new royalty rates, keeping of rights, and accessible distribution channels out there as an indie publisher makes the choice easy. Time to cast off the lines dragging down the writers and swim towards the surface.
This writer refuses to drown and become shark bait.