3…2…1…And We’re Off – The Journey Takes A Surprising Turn, Or Not …by Susan Lute
What if our esteemed ancient elders weren’t talking about a physical calamity, but an internal one of the human spirit. I’m wondering and here’s why. We stand between two worlds. The old ways struggling to hang on by the skin of their grinding teeth, and a new uncertain future except as visioned in the minds and hearts of a new generation (just look at how out of touch Washington is with The People). As we’ve discussed many times, publishing stands on this same precipice, but we’ll talk more about that in a few minutes.
Many years ago I picked up a book by P.M.H. Atwater, L.H.D. titled Beyond the Indigo Children – The New Children and the Coming of the Fifth World. I haven’t read it yet, but I think it just advanced to the top of my to-read pile along with it’s companion book, Indigo Adults – Understanding Who You Are And What You Can Become, by Kabir Jaffe and Ritama Davidson. These books are about the potential of the near future and the human hearts who will inhabit there. At the beginning of this century we were waiting for this cataclysmic change that would change life as we knew it, maybe even throw humanity back to a simpler age – if ever there ever was one. Time has a way of diminishing our memory of what came before.
If we look back, there was a cataclysmic event. It just wasn’t the one we were expecting. The birth of social media, internet commerce and the resulting popularity of the ebook has taken us on a roller-coaster ride reminiscent of the advent of the industrial revolution. So here we stand, aspiring writers, published authors, readers, on the brink of evolution. Again.
Saturday I attended my monthly writers meeting at Rose City Romance Writers, and that’s what starting me thinking. We’re electing a new Board to shepard us through 2013, which is destined to be a year of great change. The change will start in the hearts of writers; business will NOT be the same as usual; publishing a book may be simpler or easier; and there are new buzz words like discoverability to describe how being published will be more complicated and not so easy.
After the meeting, at lunch with fellow writers, I realized there is one thing that hasn’t changed and probably won’t. Whether traditionally published, published with small press, ebook, or self-published, breaking out of the mid-list is the same today as always. And for me it put new perspective on this journey. Are we…authors…going to claim a seat on the roller-coaster ride of an out-of-control publishing paradigm, our hair pulled out, breath ragged, anxiety pumping our hearts because we’re not good enough, or doing enough to be discovered? Or are we going to step back, take a breath, relax and spend the next year writing the very best book we can?
I’m saying NO to the roller-coaster, and YES! to the best book I can write. How about you? …and thanks to Jessa Slade for sharing her feet one more time.
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