There are many things in life we have to seek permission to do. One example is gaining permission to drive a car by going through stages and steps to become a licensed driver. Most of the time when we seek permission there is some expectation on our part that must be fulfilled.
A discussion with a fellow writer about becoming a published writer sparked my thoughts into the phenomenon of credibility and permission regarding writing. Once upon a time, there weren’t big house publishers.
Book publishing evolved like most industries. Someone had something to say, wanted to share it and either learned the trade themselves or sought out someone to make copies. Over time it became an industry where publishers selected authors to write similar stories to those successfully selling in order to make a profit. That is until something new and different caught the eye of the reading public, then off in a new direction, a new genre or resurgence of an old one began and the cycle continued.
There are stories about an author who would not accept rejection and published themselves successfully, as well as rogue editors there who bucked the system for an author they believed in. Somewhere along the line becoming chosen became the thing to do. It happens quite often in throughout life if you think about it.
So why are there so many writers still waiting to be chosen? Especially with the flood of ebooks and the means by which to be published have become so economically available? Is writing truly an elitist monopoly?
I have heard from published authors that this is a competitive brutal industry, which to be honest, any and all industries will have individuals that are highly competitive. However, I have a perspective with a slightly different outlook. I see that there is room for all voices.
If you write, and work at it writing the best you can write, who has the right to say what can be published or not? Isn’t it the right of the reader to accept or reject? Readers are the market that publishers sell to, doesn’t that make their opinion the only one that really matters? Shouldn’t they have the final say as to whether or not something is worth reading?