Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival," where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
This week's topic:
How far would you go to get published?
I have mixed feelings about this week's topic. I can't help but feel that it implies there are levels of "staying true to your novel" versus "selling out in order to get published." It brings to mind the image of the crazed author, the artiste, snarling at anyone who wants her to "kill her darlings," on one hand. On the other stands the sell-out, who put her novel through plastic surgery and hacked at it so much that it little resembles the beautiful story she first envisioned. I appreciate that YA Highway did say that this is entirely up to interpretation, because I myself stand in the middle of a very grey patch.
We must remember it is all about the story. We write because we love stories and want to tell them, because stories live within us and swirl within our brains until we feel that we will burst unless we share them. It is our job as the writer to come up with our very best story, and it is the publishing world's job to help us tell the story in a way that will reach out and touch the largest possible (and most suitable) audience. After the storytelling, the book no longer belongs to just the author. It also belongs to the publishing world and then to the readers. If I did feel that an editor wanted me to cut away some vital pieces of the story, I would consider how those revisions effect the story as a whole, and I would do my best to pick and choose my battles. A major plot point is one thing, but quibbling over smaller details that lead to a leaner and better book seems to me to be too egotistical.
I hope to craft my stories into the best possible books I can write, and then I hope to find an agent and editor who will help me mold and shape that rough rock into a diamond that sparkles.
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