So….writing is at least for me the easy part. It is the part I enjoy. I have so many stories, poems and ideas floating around my head. Problem is the business aspects. Oh, editing? Yeah I can do that. I am even able to do the publishing, thanks to Amazon. I am not good at promoting what I have written.
I have been wary of submitting what I write. Part of the reason is because I am not inclined toward the rejection letters. While I know that the rejection letters are a part of writing, my poetry has always been a opening to my heart. My soul laid bare… So I was not willing to face the unending rejection. Which now seems like ego to me. My writing is good, but all writing can improve. Is having pride in one’s own words not a good thing? The other reason for my hesitant nature towards submitting is simple. I really hate the idea of someone else having the rights to my work. However I have seen some that claim rights to the work they publish. Not many, and I refuse to submit to any who do.
Well I have noticed that writer’s are often a solitary lot, I joined a few groups on social media. I was hoping to interact and gain tips on how to promote what I write. Maybe a few to make the words better. You know, be social with others who are into the same thing… And I found the darndest thing. Most of the social media groups for writers? Well it is everyone promoting their own books. No sharing, no discussion. So I have been going on, because the writing itself is really not a choice. I will be writing until I am no longer able…. Still the publishing thing… Well I do that so I can share with others a glimpse into my soul.
So I was in a bad place tonight because of yet another rejection. I posted it on social media. I really was hearing the same thing I always hear when I fail to accomplish something. My mother. So I posted for a change. I had a friend, also a writer(Kim Bailey Deal) suggest that I needed beta readers… Ok that was a new concept. She also introduced me to a group of writers who actually discuss writing. I hope that this will lead me to improving my craft, and maybe to some good new friends.