Although I’ve been at this writing game professionally for a relatively short amount of time, I’ve learned a lot. Most of it the hard way (My mother will tell you that’s how I’ve learned everything I know, but I’m not so sure. My mother can’t be trusted.)
Certainly I’ve learned the intricacies of the traditional publishing world. What an interesting “legacy” business. I don’t think anything in that world has changed since the introduction of moveable type. I’m not laying blame or casting aspersions–it just is what it’s always been, which can prove to be daunting at times. And, having come from the world of business, I can tell you that if any of the industries we rely on to provide our other necessities were set up along the same lines, we’d all still be rubbing sticks together to start a fire.
So, what have I learned that I wish I’d known when I jumped into the game?