You know, I struggle with my own career sometimes. I have decided that one of the things I want to add to my career portfolio is to be known as a writer. That means I have to write more than what gets on this blog of course, because I also want to get paid for it. That’s simple reality.
Some of you know that I self-published a novel last year (you can read about it on www.maggiebendar.com because I published it under my pen name). I have been asked many times why I published it myself and I generally try to politely discuss the fact that the only Canadian publishers that review unsolicited manuscripts from writers without an agent rejected my book. It’s really a love story, but the main characters belong to the Canadian military, so of course it has an impact on the book. I suppose I could have written the book differently, you know where one character is a writer, the other an architect, someone else a frustrated admin assistant…but hasn’t that been done to death? What is wrong with adding a little spice to the world of novel writing?
I am sure curious about how a publisher decides book doesn’t appeal when it falls outside of the norm and perhaps gives people something else to think about while they escape into a novel. I cannot help but think that my military friends who read and enjoyed it would have bought a copy from a publisher. Am I wrong?