I want to write a short piece about writing and publishing, be it traditional publishing or e Books – the choice is yours.
Over the last couple of months I’ve heard a lot of moans and complaints; of how difficult getting noticed as a serious writer in this big wide world is. And can I or you beat the odds that would appear to be stacking against us. Well yes, you CAN beat the odds. Do you know what the odds are of getting a book published professionally nowadays? I’ve read everywhere from one in 9000 to one in 20,000 to one in 300,000!
They’re high. Not quite win-the-lottery odds, (which is like one grain from a bucket of sand) but high. You think you’re lucky enough to beat them? I do. Think about this.
You are the product of 100% survivors. Since the dawn of time, every single one of your ancestors survived meteors, Ice Ages, floods ,droughts, plagues, fires, earthquakes, , wars, genocide, homicide, witch-burnings, Inquisitions, jihads, and in the last thirty years many, many dubious governmental policies, to bring forth at least one offspring that was fit to reproduce. Think about that 100%.
100% of your ancestors were winners playing at a brutal global table with odds considerably higher than it takes to win that lottery jackpot, just to be breathing in the first place. Can you imagine how they lived, procreated and survived? Amazing odds were stacked against them.
And they had you. Those two tiny cells that got together to make you are full of winning genes. Spectacular, magnificent genes that came together at odds of anywhere between 40,000,000 and 100,000,000 to one (any of those other sperm nor eggs would not have resulted in you). The baby that resulted from that conception then survived a risky nine months just to be born, and however many years following that moment arrived here as you. The odds of your being YOU, and being alive to read these words at this moment are so astronomical you might as well be counting stars in the heavens to figure them.
And yet here you are, having beaten all the odds to get here. You want to write, you want to sell what you write, and you’re getting a certain amount of nonsense from people telling you that you can’t do it, that the odds are too high, that it’s too hard.
For heaven’s sake! You’re HERE, breathing, kicking, with a dream and a vision and a hunger, having passed through millennia of dangers and suffering and struggle just to get here. If you want to beat puny publishing odds: You Will Find a Way.
You just have to believe and then act.
NEVER has the time been so ripe, so perfect to get out there and do what you want to do. Forget the pathetic moaners and groaners – your destiny is in your hands and you CAN do it.
So write that book, edit it well, decide on how you’re going to publish it (the choices are numerous), and follow your dream. It’s your dream –it’s up to you – but when you get there – Ah! It is oh so sweet. Good luck to you all.
Thank you for reading and following my blog posts. Your support means a lot to me – and that’s no false thanks. Also thank you for buying and reading my books, the odds are high but I’m getting there!