The rise of the Internet has brought us dozens (maybe hundreds) of websites that attempt to give advice to aspiring authors. And then we have the countless chat rooms and message boards, where peer-to-peer counseling thrives. And after twelve years in the business, I’ve come to a conclusion:
There’s an awful lot of bad advice getting passed around out there.
Mind you, it’s not that reliable sources don’t exist. Writer groups, mentors, reference books, and conferences abound. But in my experience, most writers aren’t interested. They just want to write, and then take their chances in the fickle, unpredictable marketplace.