Amanda Salisbury

Fiction, Life, Opinion, Art, Non-fiction

A Call to Demystify

Here, I wax wordily about the publishing industry. This was definitely an abuse of the six-sentence rule of 6s. Replace semicolons if it makes you feel better.


A Call to Demystify (or, Notes from the High I Maintain Post-Conference)
  • Originally posted on a 6s community on March 27, 2011 at 11:30pm

The nitty gritty culture, our way of life, has a tendency to be highly romanticized. Professions that require long and hard hours of work and worry are as romantic as the sundry street professions despite their struggle and emotion.

When embarking on any new direction, you’d be wise to visit before relocating; you might find entirely more and significantly less than your imagination harbors.

From personal experience, let me remove the veil that cloaks the legal profession, the stay-at-home mom profession, the wife profession, the finance profession: these have delicious highs and bitter lows; they do not permit the elusive notion of “caught up”; they require much, too much at times, from you and all within your circle; they keep you on the knife blade of knowledge and make you dance on the thin, sharp line between what you knew then and what you need to know now.

And, as I’m constantly relearning, writing is like that, too (I suspect everything in life is). The words on the page are merely a set of lines and dots no more foreign or mysterious than you decide they will be, and the people agenting, editing, marketing, illustrating, bankrolling, handselling, buying, and reading the words on the page are merely strands of DNA, like you, like me; so chase away the myst, set the mechanics and their mechanisms in perspective, and tell your story, the one only you can tell.

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Curious. Detailed. Occasionally funny.


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