Why Publishing is Making You Crazy—and What You Can Do About It: The Tao of Publishing &
How Second Life Cured One Writer’s Allergy to Networking both fabulous articles for writers especially ones seeking to have their work published sometime in the future.
Both articles are filled with nuggets but just to give you a little taste, here's something from the first:
It’s enough to make you crazy—very, very crazy.
It’s crazy-making because Watts is saying that 50% of the factors affecting your career could be totally outside of your control—totally random—and, as we’ll see, the human brain is just not well suited to randomness.
Freud, I think, nailed it when he said, “Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity.”
And frankly, if publishing isn’t making you a little neurotic, you’re just not paying attention.
So here we have what I’ll call “Human Rules of Order.” You know, a bit like Roberts Rules of Order, but on a human-wide scale. They go:
1) High scores and progress are a reward for hard work;
2) Good reviews lead to advancement;
3) Ranks tell us our “worth” and how we measure up.
It’s not the best system, but it’s not a terrible system. It’s one we understand. It helps us keep chaos at bay, to some extent.
Ah, but then…but then we sell our first book and enter the magical world of publishing. And…well, we quickly discover it’s a like plummeting down the rabbit hole a la Alice in ALICE IN WONDERLAND.
Because those rules don’t apply in the publishing universe.
The world of publishing is one where your reviews can be unanimously glorious but your sales can stink. Or your reviews can stink, and your sales can be glorious. (Of course, both might be glorious. Or both might stink.)
Links to full articles - The Tao of Publishing & Second Life Cures Author Allergy to Networking