"Oh, you can't just write a book. Noooo. You have to plan it out for months and work on your first draft for a year. You have to scrap that draft and then do two more to get anything half-readable. Then you have to polish that baby up for months on end.
Then comes the impossible mountain of publishers. You think you'll get published? No way, buster! Agents get thousands of submissions, reject the very best, and then only accept a few. Your job is to fill that mountain high and deep so that only a few lucky authors will rise to the top, standing upon your heap of crap manuscripts.
And maybe, just maybe, some day after going through this whole process ten or twenty times, you'll have a single book worth publishing."
Yikes! Talk about scaring away new talent! How dare you try to be an author? How dare you.
What's my thought on New Wave / New Media writers? It's about not just writing and polishing one book after years of struggle (if you're lucky), but instead writing two or three books. Will the books I write be worthy of college Lit classes? Probably not. Will they be as good as they possibly could be? Not likely. But they'll be fun to read...and they will have many brothers and sisters on the shelf next to them.
Yes, you'll have to self publish and self promote. Of course, you are not going to get a fat royalty check, a movie deal, and millions of copies sold. But the way I see it, most writers aren't going to get that anyway! While I write and self publish, I'm honing my craft, creating fun stories, and working up to even better books in the future. The rest is nothing but a shiny lure on a very elusive hook. For me, the best thing that could happen isn't that big royalty check, but a grass roots fan base.
When I wrote my first book, Empyre Robotika, my objective was just to finish a half decent book. And I succeeded! Instead of rewriting it twenty times and begging for an agent, I wrote another book. That's what it's all about isn't it? And if you aren't an author, then BUY some of these fun-to-read indi books! I promise to keep working at it, writing exciting, clean-cut fiction, and making my books available at reasonable prices. I'm not getting rich here, but I hope my readers are enriched and entertained.