My theory was that if you wrote well enough, and put out engaging and meaningful stories, you might have a chance.
But now I see a society overwhelmed with stories, a popular culture that has a glut of narrative.
Today, the LA Times has a section called "The Envelope" which is full of stories and ads about TV dramas. Lordy, there are a million of them, or so it seems. I counted ads for 24 dramatic TV series. And that doesn't count the 300-400 movies that come out every year, plus thousands of novels and nonfiction books. Some 180,000 books are published in the USA annually, according to some estimates.
How does a writer compete in this environment? It's like prescribing drugs to a society that is already over-medicated.
Here, folks, is yet another story. Why should anyone care? Because mine has more depth and better writing? Do people honestly give a big hairy rat's derriere?
I wonder. I used to believe that if you wrote well enough, you could float the pages out the window, and they would find an audience.
Ha! It is a lot more complicated than that. It involves agents and editors and corporate conglomerates. Most of what is published, at least in fiction, seems less than stellar. How do you compete against bestselling literary junk food?
I don't know, but I will keep at it--because this is what I seem wired to do, and this is what I want to do--and we shall see what happens.
My philosophy has always been simple: Go after what you want in life. If you don't, you know you aren't going to get it. If you do, at least you have a fighting chance.
Wish me luck. I will surely need it. Big time.
Meanwhile, I have to say I do love it. Win or lose.
Copyright © 2012, Roger R. Angle