10 myths about the profession of a writer - Ordentop
  1. Previously, writers were more talented.

Stupid books have always been published.  For example, it is customary to evaluate the Silver Age based on the works of the classics, but at the same time, works were printed that the modern reader will not take in hand.  Such books were the majority.

  1. Non-fiction is a novel about the truth of life, and the mainstream is fashionable literature read by office plankton.

In fact, non-fiction is non-fiction: books in which there is no contrived plot and invented heroes. Mainstream is a work of art in which the moral development of heroes plays the main role.

  1. If you want to break through to print, write an epic canvas.

This is one of the most common mistakes of beginning authors: they immediately want to create a work that is ingenious in content and form, and the text processing skill is not there yet.  As a result, verbal constructions appear, where everything is extremely complicated, unusual and … unreadable.

It is easier for a beginner to break through with a book written in the entertainment genre: a good story, How I Spent Summer in Turkey, is more readable than the complicated Invasion of Babylon.

  1. My story is worthy of publication because it is interesting to me.

Few beginners can answer the question: “What does my book give to the reader?” In most texts, only one thing is overlooked – the author’s desire to throw out emotions on paper.

A common option is to describe your suffering.  The author complains about his fate and wants to sympathize with him.  Many people are willing to help those who are in trouble, but few are willing to buy incompetently written complaint books.

  1. Publishers do not read manuscripts that come by gravity, and you can get into the press only through an acquaintance.

Of course, an acquaintance is easier to break through, but if the publishers did not read the drift, nothing would have been published. Others replace some authors, and most of the new works are among the books sent to the publisher’s general mailbox.

  1. The publisher will invest in the advertising of my work because he is interested in ensuring that the book sells well.

Publishers don’t have enough money to advertise all authors.  The book for them – the lottery: win – well, not win – well, okay.  The main thing is that the balance of winning and non-winning tickets are not violated.

  1. If I tell the editor how long I worked on the manuscript, it will help to impress

The amount of time spent is not equal to quality.  The message that “I have been working on a novel for 10 years” does not give the editor any useful information and says that you do not have experience in fast and high-quality writing of books, and this is important.

  1. You can ignore commas and minor errors – they will correct them in the editorial office.

Will correct, if your topic is a guaranteed bestseller. In addition, if you bet on something else and at the same time admit many errors, the book will fly into the trash. To correct the mistakes of others is to spend the time that someone has to pay.

  1. Publishers are terribly profitable in circulation and do not pay the authors legal fees.

This legend is especially popular among beginning authors who do not understand why they earn so little.  In principle, half of the books cannot be sold, and no one will republish what is already a dead weight.

  1. Writer’s fame is a very nice thing.

If your book becomes popular, then the first thing you come across is a massive distrust.  Journalists, colleagues, acquaintances – everyone will wonder: how did you manage to break into a celebrity?  Did you give someone a bribe?

Writer’s fame – this is including a few detractors who will seek out your flaws and put them on public display.

Although the writer’s fame has two big advantages: enthusiastic reader reviews and good earnings.