I just fired a 12-page script off to a publisher. It’s not been approved yet, but it felt good to finally accomplish something, even something so short.
In a time where most small presses are dropping titles, changing formats, facing a tougher distributor market, failing to return messages, and generally struggling to survive, it’s good to have publishers courting me for a change. The script above went to the first, and I’m working on a polish of Powerless for the other.
It’s also nice to have people asking after my work. It’s been very quiet for a while, but lately I’ve had people emailing me on and off wondering when Deadliest will be reprinted, when my next novel will be coming out, or when they kind find any of my work, period. I’d be hard pressed to label many of them fans, but nonethless, it feels pretty good.
It’s even more flattering when people are surprised I don’t write for a living. Despite the market conditions, there’s not much that would please me more than to be able to — or make that to have to — pound out a couple thousand words a day rather than wrangling stubborn computers all day. If just a few more publishers felt I should be writing for a living, maybe that would finally happen.
I can already hear a few people out there saying “But Mike, you should do it for the love of the craft!”
Keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel better. My thinking is people should get paid to do what they love if they can get away with it. There are people out there who love their jobs, so why not turn something you love into your job? Bring in the money that lets you continue doing what you love.
I haven’t seen the big money yet, but for the first time in a long time I’m seeing the potential. This 12-page script is a direct lead-in to bigger and better things, and I can’t wait to see how they play out.
Good times are coming.