• Mrs. Ortiz

Connections are needed, talent is not

Updated: Apr 22

I am pleased to report that I have now managed to read books by Sarah J. Maas, Leigh Bardugo, and even Holly Black (though The Cruel Prince was a DNF for me). I’ve also read through most of Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive, and the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I have discovered greatness in the writing of most of these names, though a surprising mediocrity in others and have concluded that bestselling books are at the complete whimsy of the public.

This year the names that have most captured my attention have been indie author names. Denali Day, Sylvia Mercedes, Grace Draven, Sarah K. L. Wilson (though too many initials in that final name for my taste). I have seen just as much talented writing from these authors as I have in the aforementioned—if not more in some cases. But their names are not well-known and their reviews are far, far fewer. To be a literary phenomenon in one’s country, what must an author do? It is rare when an indie author breaks through to fame. Rarer still when an indie author can make a living off of their writing. Once my book is written, what then must I do? What steps do I take to publish that book, to breath it to life by giving it an existence beyond my own laptop, my own mind?

Therein lies the rub.

To traditionally publish is nearly impossible. Yet I have read absolutely atrocious books published only this year through traditional means. It may not be fair, but connections are how most things happen, how jobs are gotten, how influence is found. Writing talent is nice to have but it’s not necessary in publishing—I would be naïve to think that it is after the books I’ve read.

So then, I suppose I must find a connection or two. God help me.

These are simply the ramblings of an immensely young writer. I have barely caught up on the fantasy being written the last year or two, let alone the last six. For, you see, I have not really been able to read until just this year what with college and grad school. I feel horribly ill equipped for the task of writing a full-blown novel—even though my undergraduate degree was Professional Writing and my graduate degree Information Science. So I’m supposed to be able to both research and write. To find the time to do these things while I am still catching up on the published literature in the genre in which I want to write is nearly impossible. I am unsure as to how other authors do this. I am still yet unsure whenever I stumble across a word in my reading that I do not know and once again feel ill-prepared and too young (always too young) to do such a thing as what I am preparing to do.

To embark on this adventure will most likely be a multi-year journey.

But at the end of it I will be older—perhaps just old enough.

If you’ve read this all the way through, thank you. For these are just the ramblings of a writer.

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