I’ve decided that after my little adventure into the dog eat dog world of writing to get published, I’d rather not eat dog.
I just finished a writing class that I thought was geared to teach me how to become a published writer. I expected to learn how to write query letters, where to look for prospective publishers, how to tell a good deal from a scam, and how to prepare our work to submit to different publishers.
Now Don’t get me wrong, I’m still absolutely glad I took the class. I just learned something I didn’t expect to learn.
The class was great fun for two weeks. We met every day and had time for free writing, and different exercises each day to foster the flow of creative ideas. We even did yoga one day.
We spent one day going over lists in handouts about publishing. It was all a blur to a novice like me. I thought we would go over it again in more detail later on. But that never happened.
At the end of two weeks the class went online.
The fist week was dead silence.
The week after, minimal communications.
Final results, the instructor was pleased with my work and said I should submit it somewhere for publication. She didn’t offer suggestions as to where. She just left me with that vague feedback.
When I voiced my disappointment with the lack of focus on publishing, the professor accused me of thinking I was too advanced for the class and several other odd criticisms that basically hinted that I should grow up and stop being a cry baby.
“Grow a thicker skin.” I was told.
“Don’t be so sensitive.”
“Writing is hard work.”
Hey! I am willing to work hard. I just don’t know the business. That is why I took the class: to learn.
So to the world where dog eats dog and people hate one another for trying to learn something, I say, ” No thank you, I’ll not be having dog, today.”
If it means losing sensitivity to compete in the writers market, I don’t need to sell my work.
I will keep writing for people I love and sharing it here. If you are meant to read it, the right writing will find you.
I’ll take magic over mean competition anytime.