Thursday, December 1, 2016

For Love of Publishing

I've been writing, off and on, for over ten years now. I've spent a good portion of that time immersing myself in the publishing industry in one way or another. Whether it was going to writing conferences, reading blog posts, fooling around on twitter with popular authors, conducting interviews, or actually working for authors, I've been involved with it for a long time.

I unabashedly love the publishing industry.

This isn't to say that it doesn't have issues. It absolutely does.

(The yearly publishing of Nazi/Jewish romances really needs to stop, guys. For real.)

But I think my favorite thing about the industry is watching it learn. From the readers to the writers, and from the writers to the agents, from the agents to the editors, until it finally makes it way to the publishing houses themselves and the readers again. It's this beautiful cycle from the consumer to the creators that spirals from folks who have worked to improve the industry to the people who weren't even aware that it might need it. And then the cycle begins again, and so on and so fort.

No one can say that the industry doesn't learn. It may be slow, but it gets there eventually.

I love that I can say I've watched the industry go from totally clueless to actively seeking out diversity, not just in content, but in content creators. I love that I'm seeing the industry grow and change for the better.

Keep calling out the bullshit (especially those damn Nazi romances because seriously who the fuck keeps writing those????) because it only helps make our world better.

But don't forget that it's okay to love the industry too. If I didn't love it, I wouldn't be so happy to see it grow.

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