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What Publishers Embrace vs. Creative Freedom
by J.A. Terry   
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Last edited: Thursday, November 25, 2004
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What Publishers Embrace vs. Creative Freedom
by Jill Terry,
Copyright 2004, Jill Terry

I was recently sent an article from a friend in the publishing industry about publishers finally embracing Chick Lit; something that readers have been embracing for years. What the article was really about was an author who wrote what she wanted and finally got recognition from the "Big Boys" because her books were selling, despite the fact that her genre had been previously frowned upon by the industry. Now it seems everyone is jumping on the bandwagon. Why, because there is
a market for the genre and therefore money to be made.

I'm constantly amazed when I read posts on the various writers groups that I belong to and hear about manuscripts being turned down or sent back for specific revisions to be made, because the manuscript didn't meet the formulated guidelines. Meaning there wasn't a love scene in chapter
three, or the heroine and hero's relationship developed too early in the book...blah, blah, blah. Apparently it isn't enough that there are numerous, talented writers who specialize in this genre; no, that would be too easy. Instead, the publishers who have so eagerly embraced the genre have
done their homework and have focused on the bestsellers in the genre and formulated guidelines based on those books.

What's more amazing to me is that there are so many writers out there that eagerly fall into this trap, and I can't help but wonder why. Am I missing something here? When did it become more
important to be picked up by a big house publisher, with the hope that your book meets their sales quota in the time period they've alloted, less it be pulled from the shelves and deemed out of print forever; or until the author gets their rights back and searches for some others means of
publication? I guess this is something I may never understand, and that's OK, because when I sit down to write and reach the point in the story when the characters come alive and take over, I
wouldn't miss that ride for anything in the world! To me, that's what writing is all about. I may never produce a best selling novel, but that's not why I write. I do it because I love it and I'm not about to change or succumb to someone else's idea of how my books should be written.

Sure, I get frustrated from time to time, just like every other author I know; unfortunately that's part of being in the game, but I don't let it get to the point where I lose my focus and forget why I'm writing in the first place. A friend told me one day when I was feeling particularly down, to just
do what I love to do and the rest of the world will catch up with me. That was perhaps the best bit of advice I've ever received!

Believe in your dreams and make them your reality.

Jill Terry
Award Winning Novelist - Poet

Web Site: Award Winning Novelist - Poet Jill Terry

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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 11/28/2004
enjoyed the read
Reviewed by Debra Conklin 11/28/2004
"Believing in yourself is the first step to being yourself." This is something I say to others all the time. Keep believing in yourself, Jill. Because someday, being yourself is exactly what they'll be looking for.
Reviewed by Jimmy Holder 11/27/2004

And thanks also for this article.

The light you shed on this subject is much appreciated.

ShyPoet1 aka Jimmy L. Holder

Reviewed by Sandy Knauer 11/26/2004
Oh, this is so like being in a support group! I feel validated when I hear others express my thoughts this way. We need to show those cookie-cutter publishers another way.
Reviewed by Monika Arnett-Cochran 11/26/2004
I applaud this write! Thank you for reiterating what I need to hear on occasions, "Believe in your dreams and make them your reality." I am picking my head back up, eyes peering into the sky, donning my wings, pen and paper ready...and I begin to fly!
Reviewed by Zenith Elliott 11/25/2004
Sage words of encouragement, thank you Jill! ~Z~
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 11/25/2004
This is a great write, ty for the information and encouragement provided here...
God Bless
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 11/25/2004
I agree with that and just recently when I sent in my second novel to be published it was sent back probably unread. So they were condescending and I threw that off. The book was read by others and so I just said okay try another one. Suppose Steven King had given up. Sometimes one has to remember to be true to themselves as your creation is unique as your child is.

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