I just end up getting really depressed.

I’m sure these books are written with the best of intentions.  The authors are always cheerful and hopeful, just bursting with enthusiasm about how well their books are selling and how with just a few simple steps I can be just as successful.  I appreciate that, I really do.


First, these books seem to assume that I am writing books that are just like books that are already top sellers, and advise making covers that look just like those books, write blurbs that sound just like those books, even copy the way those books are formatted.

Many of them stress that a book must fit into an existing genre and must be easily summed up in a few sentences.

Well, mine isn’t, so according the them I’m scratched right out of the gate.  I don’t think I’m a literary snob or anything–I enjoy those kinds…

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