From the Editor:
Karma Snow and Following Your
By Lazette Gifford
Copyright © 2008 by Lazette Gifford, All Rights Reserved
It's March, and the ice age of this last winter is finally starting to
retreat. I've seen the jagged, brown edges of grass sticking up at the
edges of snow piles! It won't be long until all that white stuff is
This year we had a lot more snow than usual, and it was my fault. This
was Karma Snow. For years, I've sat in my nice warm house, happy as a
kitten whenever it snowed. Isn't it lovely, I'd say as my poor husband
grumbled and went out to shovel or had to drive to work.
This winter, my husband took a job in New York -- and I was the one out
there dealing with the snow. So this winter's snow-on top of - snow was
my fault. Karma.
I do hope some of you out there enjoyed it!
I wrote something in my LiveJournal the other day that I think is really
appropriate to Vision: A Resource for Writers. I hope that you find it
Whatever your dream is for publication, that's the one you should
follow. That doesn't mean it has to be a dream of seeing your book on
the shelves of bookstores. I concentrate on that facet because that's
the world I am most involved in, so it's natural for my thoughts to go
in that direction. But remember, I have work up on websites, too.
If your dream is to have a story on a website that is visited by
thousands of people, that is a perfectly legitimate and good dream as
having a book in a store. It's your dream. You should pursue it in
every way that you can. And, while I've said not to let people talk you
out of trying for that book on the store shelf, by the same token, don't
let them talk you into it, either. As long as you fully understand what
it is you want, and understand both what you gain and what you lose, and
then go after what you want.
And don't listen to the people who tell you that it is impractical.
Dreams are meant to be impractical on some level. If they were things
you could do easily, they'd hardly be worth dreaming about. Some people
may even tell you that pursuing dreams is something you should give up.
If everyone followed that advice we'd be a very poor world.
Find your dream and follow it. Don't go the easy way -- because the
easy way will rarely be the fulfillment of your dream. If you are going
for website publication, then work harder to make certain that
publication is the very best you could possibly write. Find out about
website layout and the best way to present it. Even in Blogger and LJ
there are a number of options. Make it unique, and make it yours.
If you are going to try for traditional publication, remember that it is
harder work. The writing might be much the same, but you are going to
have to deal with everything from query letters, synopsis writing, and
submission packages to agents and contracts. Don't let that daunt you.
Every month there are new names on the shelves, and you know that they
had to go through the same thing. (Even the ones who are old writers
under new names still had to do this initially!)