Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Are there humble well-known writers?

It seems with the social media and self-publishing of this day in age,  you really have to be a fake braggart to get your name out there. My question is how can a humble writer make it in this business with out shouting “Look at me! Look at me!”

I was in the process of looking for an additional beta reader, when I came across a website or a hundred with writers self-promoting  this or that blog which is used to promote upcoming books, click this link to follow. Obviously this is a path I must take to gain readers but I wonder where the humble pie is in the process.

Maybe it is all a over-compensation for the amount of rejection a writer faces.  We all think our stories are great until the first beta or crit partner brings you down a notch or two. (Yes, I am using tons of clich├ęs, I love to buck the system…passive aggressively that is.) Then you submit (honestly I am not even to this step yet.) and a publisher cuts your baby a new one and you are left with the remnants of a year’s worth of creativity, blood, sweat and tears.

Maybe I will become a fortune writer for a Chinese food company.

A goal is a dream with a deadline. – fortune cookie