April 07, 2010

What's right with the publishing industry

Each week, YA Highway hosts Road Trip Wednesday, a blog carnival in which contributors discuss a specific topic on their own blogs and invite readers to do the same. This week's RTW topic is:

Discuss something positive about the publishing industry.

(This topic is inspired by agent Colleen Lindsay's No Whining Week [#nww on Twitter])
 
Positive, positive... hmmm...
 
Only kidding. :-)
 
To outsiders, the publishing industry is all about glamour, money, and fame. As writers (or agents, or editors), we know better. Waaaay better. The publishing industry is about hard work. Dedication. Perseverance. Community.
 
And that is one of my favorite things about the publishing industry - community. I've blogged before about how much I enjoy 'meeting' other writers online, and that still holds true. The more writers I speak to, the more I realize we are all in the same boat, going through the same things, and that makes a difficult, oft-misunderstood profession feel a lot more fun during those moments you just wanna give up.
 
So thank you, writing community. Y'all are grade-A awesome.
 
 
...And while you're online, won't you check out the amazing, dessert-making, South-loving Rachel Bateman? She's 1 Follower away from 50, so if you enjoy her blog (and how could you not?!), Follow her!

10 comments:

Kayeleen Hamblin said...

I love having a community that I can go to with my writing passion. It's such a great gift when so many people don't understand why I do it or how hard it is.

The Blue Lipstick Samurai said...

It's certainly amazing how much 'social networking' is a part of the publishing industry... It's super fun, too. (:

E. Elle said...

I love the community, too. It makes the perseverance, hard work and dedication easier to manage.

Rachel Bateman said...

Hey, that's me! Thanks, Abby.

We were all on the same wavelength today...*so* positive about the people in publishing and the online community. I love it.

Kirsten said...

Yes, I agree! The community we writers have is just awesome.

Kate Hart said...

*high five*

Kaitlin Ward said...

yay community!!!

YA Highway said...

Thanks for participating!!

Holly said...

I agree, the community is a huge positive!

Abby Stevens said...

Kayeleen - you're right. Writing is often misunderstood, so it is nice to have other people who really do understand.

Blue - I used to think networking was so stupid until I realized THIS was networking. And it's fun, instead of being a job.

Elle - Yes, it does make it easier. :-)

Rachel - You are very welcome!

Everyone else - yep, we are all on the same wavelength with this. Yay for other writers!

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