The Value of Striving

4년 전

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Working to get a book published has been a valuable experience.

And when I say "a valuable experience" I don't mean some intangible value that cannot be measured in dollars and cents. I mean that the experience I have gotten, as well as the inside look at the publishing industry that most laymen cannot appreciate, is a marketable skill.

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Under the right circumstances, it could even be monetized. Because there is so much about publishing that is opaque to outsiders. And, unlike other opaque practices, such as job applications, information about the publishing process is not widely taught in schools or other public forums.

Which is a shame, because thousands of people who would like to break into the industry have no idea about where to even start. And while the information they need is freely available on the internet, there is no one authoritative source that can be used as a standard. In other words, there is no easy way to sift the good information from the bad.

And bad information about the publishing process is out there. Most experienced authors know what to look out for, but there isn't much help for the most vulnerable people who are just starting out.

What have We Learned?

I researched the publishing process long before I started submitting my latest project to agents. Overall, it's been a little more than a decade since I took my first look behind the curtain.

In that time, I've learned the kinds of conditions that agents and publishers work under, the way that authors make their real money, how rights can be leveraged, how the cycle of the fiscal year can affect your publication chances, among other things.

And that's just on the publication side. On the writing side, I've learned about Voice, character arcs, pathos, bathos, comedic timing, action, fights, tension, suspension of disbelief, romance, emotional payoffs, foreshadowing, and a million other facets.

It's amazing that they don't teach you any of this in school, because there's enough material here to fill out a major degree. Heck, a published and finalized book is at least as labor intensive as a doctoral thesis---particularly when you have to justify it through your own promotion and marketing efforts. You look at some of these authors who have put out dozens of volumes and understand that, among other things, they have been building a list of credentials in the form of books written.

This is a salable skill. And it is largely self taught. I can't think of any other profession that structures itself that way, and has done so for at least a century (maybe in Dickens' day, it was different, but the current paradigm has been around for a while).

What to do with All This Knowledge?

Well, the obvious answer is the one I'm already doing: use the knowledge to get myself published.

Yet I can't help but consider that other possibilities still await, even after publication. Knowledge like this ought to be shared liberally. And I'm afraid that a lot of the places were I got this knowledge charged me for the privilege.

This is one of the reasons why I document my publication journey on this blog: to make the whole process less mysterious, so that people can see it as an opportunity. Because at the end of the day, it is an entrepreneurial enterprise. And it doesn't have to be esoteric. It's something that people with vision and ambition can do, regardless of their background.

Any News?

Things are always brewing. I've got huge hopes, but nothing is written in stone. If something happens, then I'll have something to report. Until then, it's all just a long list of potentials.

But I am having a good time, and, like I said, the experience is valuable.

I'm not going to ask you to hold your breath. I just hope you'll be a bit patient with me and with the process.

Thank you.

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I always keep faith on your progress! I wish it might be happened sooner or later! But until that you must keep writing! Coz world will recognize you, and they will ask more from you! At that moment you should have a lot to share!


All we know could be useful for any people i mean the knowledge you have, need to be shared to help others to growth theyself, it's just my opinion. Regards

@talanhorne - Sir there is no way to see a failure story of yours... You have a kind heart & you like to share what you know... So god bless you always Sir... I wish all your dreams will become true in 2019-2020 & keep writing Sir...


Very good writing skills my dear and your writing skills are like a professional writer. Thank you very much for sharing with us

And that's just on the publication side.

Thanks to your posts, I got to know how difficult the writing’s publication is. Yes, the writing itself is hard, but it’s also a fun if you love it. Than comes the hard part, the publication.

Daily Learn some new from your post. Love to read it.

Hello @talanhorne,

Extraordinary good article & incredible post of your personal experience. Best of luck & congratulations.


Believe me, I know sooo much more about book publication than before, since I started following you. As you mentioned, you have to be educated and know where to go and whom to talk to, when it comes to publication. It takes time and patience just like everything else.

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It's glad to hear positive thought from you than your disappointments. Wish you success for the authorship.

great job sir . the great article.
good knowledge about for writing and it's very difficulty.
Thanks @talanhorne
Have a wonderful day.

This is valuable writing experience and this is great post. the useful writing .

your tone says you're happy with the current life changes. wish you all the best. excellent writing of your feelings. @talanhorne

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A good thought to document your publications & way you reach it. it can be another book when you are famous.

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Exceptional article & hope to see a big news...!!!

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Striving for better always you will learn a lot of things during this phase in life :)

@tralanhorne, There are so many valuable thing indeed for new publishers. I every time love to read your blogs and nice things. Nice you decided to shared this steem community.

You've valuable experience for new creations. Well enough description for understanding.

i am a great fan of your blog posts sir always enjoys reading your blog posts.

There are more professional writing about publications. You shared your experience to your followers. It's great teaching work.

Very nice review buddy :)

We learnt more knowledge from your blogs @talanhorne. Life can control if we have controlling level like your information. Thanks to top article.

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Until then, it's all just a long list of potentials.

Congratulations & your waiting time will be over soon.

Great and amazing article @talanhorne! I'm really very fond of reading articles and I really love to visit your post. You are a great blogger!🤗💙💜💙

I also love good content, so I'm waiting for posts from you with impatience!

Sharing is caring! Sharing knowledge will always make you happy and more knowledgeable.

Good evening @talanhorne reading your publication, I agree with you, the material does not always represent the work done, but also is a reward for a job, hours and days of constant dedication.

I upvoted your post.

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Great post I would love to read all your wonderful publications
All your publications are meaningful and useful
We always strive to publish new and better publications !!!!!

experience is always valueable ... Good combination of words sir

But I am having a good time, and, like I said, the experience is valuable.

Great works, I wish you success

i am so glad to read amazing post sir thank you so much.