For some people, networking seems easy, even rejuvenating. You watch them float from person to person, interrupting conversations without batting an eyelash, offering firm handshakes and wide smiles. You, on the other hand, would much rather go home and continue that chapter you were writing.
Many writers have unknowingly bought into the myths surrounding self-editing and the role of editors in general. It’s important to do some research and address any preconceived misconceptions if you want to do what’s best for your new book.
The ongoing game of marketing, networking, and self-promotion can feel like the antithesis of what you what feels natural to you. It might even feel like a distraction from what you should be doing: writing your damn book.
Could my comfort and ability in my chosen profession stem directly from a subconscious embracing of the uneven power dynamic I fight against daily as a woman and a feminist?
When 96% of a multi-billion dollar industry’s consumer base consider their purchasing decisions uninfluenced by brand, you have to wonder where we went wrong.
The publishing industry has a whole lot to change (and the publishing industry does not really like changing very much), but these challenges will hopefully help push us in the right direction.