We’re almost sure no one is wondering why we don’t do much tootin’ our own horn, but the fact of the matter is we aren’t convinced anyone gives a damn.
There’s so much bullshit floating around out there, especially about publishing and editing and writing, and so many books confirming the bullshit floating around out there about publishing and editing and writing and by people who couldn’t write half a novel, much less edit or publish it, let alone sell how-to books on the process, we figure we ought to go in search of a toilet big enough to flush it all. Because that’s where most of this advice needs to be–circling a goddamn toilet bowl on the way to the sewer.
To new writers, we have this advice: keep your money in your pocket and write a million words. The light will come on. Sometimes you do get it right the first time, at least a sentence or two. And learn to fucking spell. Please.
To editors we offer this advice: write a million words. The light will come on. You will learn to recognize another writer’s voice as separate from your own. Leave the writer’s voice alone. Homogenization is only good for milk. And learn to fucking spell.
To publishers we offer this: our condolences. We feel your pain.
But for our readers, our loyal readers and dear customers, we give our most humble, heart-felt thanks, for without you, the writers, the editors, the publishers of this world are nothing. And they would do well to remember that.