“So you wanna be a writer?”
“You do know that writing is a business.”
“I understand that if I write what is wanted, I’ll get paid for it, which makes it a business”
“No. I said. Do you know the business of writing?”
“You mean, do I know the genre I’m writing in, my target market; the magazines that will take my work; the agents that I can pitch too?
“No, I mean the failure rate, the departments set up just to reject the overflow of words piled up in the corners of every publisher’s office.
“They actually have rejection departments?”
“No, I made that part up. They actually have a big sign in their lobby which says, We only published celebrities or people who know celebrities. It’s written in Braille, so only blind people ask for it and get to read it.”
“Are you serious?”
“Yes, not about the Braille thing, but certainly about the inscription which is branded into the hearts of the editors and agents of the publishing conglomerates.”