Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Expectations

We're up to "E" on the A-Z April Blogfest and I couldn't resist talking about expectations--specifically, a writer's expectations about writing books and the publishing business.

Here's the most eye-opening thing I've learned since venturing down the yellow-brick road of publication...

Come closer.

Closer still.

Really.  This is important. I promise.

Here goes: The people who will help you the most or perhaps even teach you the most in your quest to become published may very well be the people you least expected.  It might be someone you met on a blog, in a writer's forum, an editor who fell in love with your book in a slush pile.  They could become your best cheerleaders and teachers.  That's why I think it's important to be open to anything.  And don't forget to pay it forward because karma is a beautiful thing.

Writers: What expectations have you had that have been blown out of the water?
Pop-Quiz Question: Can you identify the photo in this post? Answer correctly and you'll win a bottomless box of virtual chocolate!

15 comments:

Ann Best said...

Not just in writing, but I've found this to be true in all other areas of my life, also. I've gotten expected help, but also many times I've been helped in ways that I least expected.

A wonderful post, Liz. Thank you.
Ann Carbine Best’s Long Journey Home

Sherri said...

Other than Easter I drew a blank for today's A-Z, and we haven't started decorating yet, LOL

Love this post!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Liz,

You are SO right. This is Excellent. We all need to realize this and be open to all.

Áine Tierney said...

Thanks Liz. Great post. BTW, I actually leaned in closer at the 'come closer, closer still,' lines! Just shows the power of words. :-)

Angelina Rain said...

Great post Liz. Before I published my first book I followed enough authors on blogger (like you) that I learned what to expect from the business. I honestly didn’t have any unrealistic expectations. I’m fortunate enough to have known what I was getting into. However, the friendships I made through blogger and other social media sites are irreplaceable. I learned so much from other authors like you and Maria Zannini, to name a few. I’m very grateful for all the help and advice I received along the way. Even now if I need help, all I have to do is blog about it and help will be there.

Karen Walker said...

Lovely post and I love the subject of expectations. I've learned not to have any - either negative or positive. I get in trouble either way.
Karen

Sierra Gardner said...

Great post Liz! I had some pretty wild expectations when I first started writing. Luckily I made some friends who brought me back down to earth and helped me develop some healthy expectations. Yeah for awesome writer friends!

Leovi said...

The business expectations are in the hands of publishers. The same is true with artists and galleries.

Nicki Elson said...

True, true, help and support can come from quite unexpected places. Let's see, an expectation that turned out completely different for me post-publication is actually this whole blogging thing. I thought I was going to hate it...but it's much more fun and educational and sincere than I ever expected.

(Man, this A to Z list is soooo long, today's the first time I saw your name here!)

Angela Felsted said...

Never discount anyone. That is a good lesson.

Liz Fichera said...

Thanks for the comments--and for sharing your own expectations. @Angelina - Glad you found my ramblings helpful!

Elena Solodow said...

Photo is from the wonderful Great Expectations, yes? As for my expectations, when I first started writing I thought it would be so easy to write and get published. Seven years later, I love the work involved and I'm happy to realize you have to give your all to get somewhere.

Liz Fichera said...

ELENA!! Yes!! You win the virtual box of bottomless chocolate! Congratulations!!!

Chris Phillips said...

I think, while I expected it to be hard, I expected more feedback from agents, rather than just not hearing back in a lot of cases. Also didn't expect the support I get on blogger.

Laura said...

In writing, I have been surprised as to what people think are valuable segments and what is rubbish. It's always been the oddest bits that have been picked out as good writing. Definitely agree on the pre-paid karma though!
Lx