One thing I’ve learnt over the last eight years of writing, and submitting what I’ve written to publishers, is not to hold my breath while waiting for a reply.
Here’s my Christmas wishes for all of you,
CHRISTMAS WISHES FOR WRITERS
Wishing you the courage to pursue your dreams and the discipline and persistence to see them through, right till the end.
Wishing you beholders of your work who see the beauty and wonder in what you create.
Wishing you financial reward and recognition for your work.
Wishing you friends and fellow travellers on the writing path, who share disappointments and success with equal fervour.
Wishing you editors who understand what you’re trying to say and help you say it better,
Publishers who honour your vision and bring it to the widest possible audience.
Wishing you readers galore and letters of connection that move you to tears.
Wishing you the strength to endure the sting of rejection and the distraction of praise,
Patience, determination and the ability to get up and start all over again.
Wishing you all the time you need.
I wish you freedom from fear of the blank and empty page,
A peaceful silencing of the inner critic, and the death of all self-doubt.
I wish you a hide of leather and a heart of gold.
Most of all I wish you the joy of creation and the ability to stand aside and let the words find their own way.
I wish you characters who tell you their stories and speak for themselves.
I wish you plots that hold and won’t let go,
Scenes that fit and sentences that glow with perfection.
I wish you words;
An ocean of strong, expressive words pouring from your pen or onto the screen.
Words that sing the truth of this weird and wonderful human life.
Words of hope and despair, pain and pleasure,
Words that move others and help them know they are not alone,
That we’re all in this glorious mess together.
Words of wisdom and joy and love.
Words that only YOU can write.
Words that shine a light.
Below is a message from my friend Katherine about parallel importation. Seems it’s on and we need to put up a fight. The ASA site even has templates for you to use so all you have to do is state your case as an emerging writer then cut and paste it into their templates and spend a couple of bucks on postage. It’s very important. Reckon we’re finding it hard to get published now, if this happens we’ll be up shit creek.
well, they’ve done it. They’ve recommended that the government lift all
restrictions on book imports. This is really serious stuff now. If the
government actually does it, we will all be affected – those of us
already published will likely see our sales drop, our income fall, and
it might be harder to get another contract here, and we may be forced to
go direct to an overseas publisher who will offer us whatever they like.
For those of us who will publish in the future, it will be harder to do
so, we will get less money, and the chances of being a fulltime writer
will be drastically reduced. There is no guarantee that the prices in
bookshops will drop, but you can bet that your favourite aussie authors
will be less productive because the drop in book income means some at
least will have to get dayjobs.
But all is not lost! We can get in the government’s ear and write
letters. Snail mail is best of all, and here
is the asa’s page of addresses to write to.
Please, please, if you have the time, please do this.
Love to all,