Getting Your Book Out of the Someday Box (Because You Know You Want to Write a Book)
Because You Know You Want to Write a Book
You don't need anyone's permission to write a book. In the past artists and writers of every kind waited to be picked by the gatekeepers. The machinery of commerce decided whether you were allowed to become an author. That's no longer the case. Right now the tools, equipment and information necessary to write and publish your own book are available. In fact with a little effort and know-how, you can publish your book at no cost whatsoever.
While we still live in an age of gatekeepers, that age is passing. Certainly if you want a traditional publishing deal or record deal, if you want to make a Hollywood movie, you'll have to be chosen by the machinery of the industry.
If you are an artist, a linchpin, a doer-of-things, I beg you to focus on projects which you can start and finish without needing permission from anyone or anything.
Let's not confuse permission with assistance though. If you don't have the skills, for instance, to proofread and edit your book, get help. Produce something professional. When we start projects which are dependent at some point on someone else's permission to proceed, we give Resistance its most insidious weapon. It is easy to begin a project which we know we can't be held responsible to finish.
- Joel D Canfield, November 2012
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