By: Rachelle Gardner
I was talking with a wise colleague about the ways people commonly give away their power —
in work, in relationships, and life in general. When we give
away our power, we lose out on the things we want and need in life. Writers
seeking publication are vulnerable to specific ways of giving away their power
if they’re not careful. Here are seven ways I’ve observed:
1. Thinking any single outside entity can make or break your career.
It’s truer now than ever before — writers have a multitude of options for getting their work in front of readers. No single agent or publisher or writing teacher need have a disproportionate influence on your writing career. Don’t give any one entity too much power.
2. Being intimidated by “the industry” or anyone in it.
You may feel like people out there (agents, publishers) have a lot of power and let’s be honest, some of them wield it rather arrogantly. But most of us don’t think of it as power at all. We’re just looking for the right authors and books for our needs. Just because it feels like the industry has the power, it doesn’t mean you have to hand over yours. Realize we’re all in this together and we have the same goals. Refuse to be intimidated.
3. Blindly following “expert” advice.
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