We all have stories.
There is a voice inside straining to get out. We find ways to do it in a variety of forms. Artists create written and concrete expressions. Teachers engage and light up their classrooms. Business leaders create the next great product and change society. In 2015, there are still new things waiting to be found.
So why do we hold on to the old ways?
I remember going through English class in elementary school, Lit class in college, and graduate writing courses. You start with rules, expand your horizons, and finally realize that the great ones break the norms whenever possible.
It creates an interesting dynamic.
Writers tend to eat their own. We play lethal comparison games. We brag. We look at younger writers and tell them to do it our way or else find yourself working the menial jobs while half-novels sit crowding up your hard drive.
Amazon allows anyone to publish a book, in digital or hardcover forms, for free. Do some searching on Amazon and writing and you’ll find a litany of protests from established authors: Don’t do it, they say. Go our route. Play the roulette game of submitting to agents and maybe you’ll get lucky.
Just don’t cut into our profits.
It is time to set our work free.
Consider this your permission. Forget the old way. There are numerous resources for self and indie publishing. You can do the work to build your audience. You can publish. You can get royalty rates much higher than anything a commercial publishing house could provide.
You can write, publish, and get paid for it.
As I sit here tonight, I wonder. How many best sellers are sitting on computers right now? How many novels have made the rejection rounds to end up in the physical or digital recycle bin?
As Pressfield asks in The War of Art:
Which is the bigger fear, that we may fail or that, one day, we will succeed beyond our wildest dreams?
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