Hope as an Author
Publishing is going through some difficult times. Book sales are down dramatically and no one seems to know how to fix the problem. What we are seeing is the result of years of “Wall Streetesque” problems.
But like a good novel, when common sense and responsibility seem to have flown out the window, two giant examples of hope have come into view.
The first is the self-published title by William P. Young, THE SHACK. This book spent months in the number one position of the NEW YORK TIMES trade paperback list and sold in excess of 3 million copies.
The second was just awarded best picture for 2008: "Slumdog Millionaire."
When the producer received his award he stated that this low-budget film without marketing money or muscle being named best picture (opening only ten theaters nationwide), was miraculous. I agree! Same for author Young and his book.
This proves that the underdog always has a chance. They always had hope. So when you complete your manuscript and fall into the “publishing mill” mentality that places cost in front of everything else, your results will not be unexpected. However, if you are creative, nothing can stand in your way of success. Set your goals and expect what is possible. Hope is an attitude that defines expectation, and it is available to everyone.