Wednesday, December 7, 2011

YA Highway RTW: How Far Would You Go to Get Published?

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where the contributors over at YA Highway post a weekly writing- or reading-related question. Then readers answer it on their own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

We writers can form quite an attachment to our characters and stories. But we also know publishing is a business, and sometimes to make it in said business--to really build a career from it--we have to bend a bit. How far would you go to break into the publishing world?

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I’m a writer; I write because I love my stories and my characters. Writing isn’t about getting published--not completely--but of course it’s something I think about, dream about, wish and swoon over. What writer doesn’t?

I can’t say the bases really line up with my thoughts on this. I would certainly make minor revisions requested by an agent, and even major revisions by an editor (depending on how major, what characters they want to cut, how many tears I have to shed, etc.) are a possibility. I want my story to be the best it can be, even if I kick and scream the whole way there (or smile and nod while fuming on the inside before admitting editor/agent/whoever is right).

But jumping on a trend train or switching to a well-selling genre wouldn’t work for me. I write the stories that are in my head, heart, and crazy dreams (like the time giant owls were taking over the world…still trying to figure out how to use that one). Sometimes these line up with a trend, sometimes they don't. I write YA—certainly a well-selling genre—because my experiences that shape my stories are from my teenage years. But I wouldn't switch just to get published. If I did that, I wouldn't be writing the stories I set out to write.

What do you think?


  1. Agreed, agreed, agreed.
    I love that you're true to yourself and stick with what your heart tells you. If only I was this brave lol (but my issue is a little more problematic).
    Great post!

  2. Great answer. I agree with your thoughts on revisions. I'd def. be willing to make them as long as I'm not completely against them. As far as switching genres, I think that should only be done if you feel like you have a story that you want to tell that's never be told before. Trends aren't all that bad--as long as you are being authentic with what you write.

  3. Writers write to be read. I don't think there's a writer out there (if they're honest with themselves) that doesn't want to be published. But the novel we want to publish has to be right, so it has to come first. It's not wrong to want to be published, and I agree that if making changes which improve the novel will help get it in the hands of readers, then no problem! Good answer.

  4. Be sure to share the giant owl story if you ever get it published ;)

  5. I agree with the order of the bases you're describing. 2nd definitely would be switched with home in my mind.

  6. That's the trick...making the story the best it can be while still keeping true to the original story, no matter how much kicking and screaming is involved. (And admitting the editor/agent/whoever is right is an even bigger challenge!) I, too, want to read the giant owl story.

  7. Agreed! For me switching genres would only work if I feel the story. For the revisions, I know it will be painful no matter how small but I will smile, nod and work on them since I know they will be making my story better :-)