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Do you think the general public is ready for such a thing?

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Re: Do you think the general public is ready for such a thin

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Re: Do you think the general public is ready for such a thin

Postby josh.townley » Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:27 pm

I think you're getting too caught up in things like Twilight and Harry Potter etc. The success those authors have achieved is so far beyond what any of us could even dream about, that it's not even worth considering. They are a product of so many things coming together in a way that is impossible to predict. You'd be wasting your time basing your decisions on examples like that. The fact is that the majority of books published will achieve little to moderate success, and even getting to that point is an enormous challenge.

My advice, for what it's worth, is that you should just focus on writing what you want to write, and make it as good as possible. Read broadly, and don't just read what's popular right now, read the classics too. There is some absolutely brilliant stuff out there, and I've learned so much by reading authors like Dickens, Shakespeare, Twain, Fitzgerald, Hemingway etc. Also, bear in mind that agents won't take on a project even if it's full of amazing ideas if it's also full of spelling mistakes, poor grammar, boring writing, cliches (not saying yours is). They're looking for writers that have it all.
Also, have you ever got critique on your query letters and synopses? A bad query letter could mean an agent never even gets to the first chapter of your manuscript. There is a query letter critique forum on WD, so maybe get some feedback on that.

Hope I've been of some help. I'm also stuck in a job that seems like a pointless waste of time, and struggling to scrape enough time together to write. My dream of publishing my books seems so far off, despite being at it for years, so I know how you feel. The only way to do it is to work harder and smarter than everyone else. Critique your own work ruthlessly and do everything you can to improve. It's a damn frustrating goal to have, and we're probably all crazy to even try, but there are no shortcuts. Don't get impatient.
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Re: Do you think the general public is ready for such a thin

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