Why do you want to be published? Jody Hedlund’s post “After a Contract, Then What?” got me thinking. If we’re really just writing the story to get it out of our minds, then why aren’t we satisfied with just that? Why do we put ourselves through the pain of query and synopsis writing and the agony of rejection after rejection? There must be more to our reason for wanting to be published, whether we’re willing to admit it or not.
I want the fame. I don’t need to become as big as Nora Roberts or Stephen King, although that would be nice. I want to walk in a bookstore and find my books on the bestseller shelves and on the table right by the cash registers. Vanity isn’t my motivation. It’s more a pride issue than anything else. I’m tired of hearing that there’s no sense trying to become published because it’s not a realistic goal. Normal, every-day-people don’t have their books in book stores. Only big names with connections have that privilege. Writers are just lazy people who don’t want a real job. Ugh!
I could pull my hair out just thinking about all the comments I’ve heard over the years. And then there’s the looks. You know, the ones you get when you tell people you’re writing a book? The most common are: “ya-good-luck-with-that”, the “isn’t-that-sweet-you’re-such-a-dreamer” and the “you’re-still-working-on-the-same-book”.
So, when asked why I want to get published, I know one reason is definitely to prove to all those who’ve doubted me or my abilities that I wasn’t nuts. I wasn’t a dreamer. I believed in myself because I always KNEW I’d some day be published.
What about you? What’s your motivation for wanting to get published?