I believe that there has never been a better time to publish an excellent book.
Not too long ago, if you attended a writing conference, you would have been taking notes in a crowd of people had been writing on our own. Many of us were pale as pasta, writing princes and princesses waiting to be rescued by agent or editors.
Dear heaven, the shy dedicated writer’s dearest dream come true. A gallant publishing company would take your book, market it with all the gathered experts making certain you succeeded, while all you had to do is keep thundering on at the keyboard while your agent negotiated the European rights.
And it happened, still does… from time to time. Writers did land bigtime agents and publishers, though, and it happened more often than, say, you get the opportunity to marry royalty.
All of which means: The great thing about this time in the life of the writing world is that we don’t have to wait to be rescued and magically changed into successful writers by outside forces. We can hire editors, find beta readers, mentor others and gradually, or suddenly, become a successful writer through practices we control through the intelligent managing of our time that brings us a great attitude and an excellent, excellent book.
Hope it’s another brilliant writing day for you. Cheers. Mel.