“It is fatal to enter a war without the will to win”

Douglas MacArthur said that.  As I’m finding, getting published is a war of sorts.  Not the type of war that one sees in the middle east, but a war of words.  There are thousands of outlets to publish.  Those that are selective seem cutthroat; those that are not selective seem fruitless.   I’m trying to boil down which avenues are most fruitful.  I’ve run into setbacks, received rejection letters and ultimately self published two short stories on Amazon that seem to be getting read.  I have other irons in the fire pending publication.  I’m finding that before any money actually changes hands, one has to generate a buzz about ones self.  With that in mind, both stories were published under pen-names (Which will have an associated wordpress account), one of which I’ll post if and when the name becomes popular enough to cultivate a following.  The other is in the romantic genre and quite frankly, I wouldn’t let my parents read it.  As for the technical writing avenue, I have a plan.  I’ll leave it at that.  I wonder whether posting my thoughts in the form of a blog is a sound practice for a professional website.  Probably not, but hopefully I can go through my thoughts one day, laugh a little and then delete this post.

On the topic of will, my resolve remains.  I will win.  I’m nothing if not resilient and starting something new is the hardest thing one can ever do. My definition of winning: make a career out of this writing thing.  Now back to my book.  Thanks for reading.

-Jeff

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