@ Scott: Amen, and again . . . Amen
MJNL wrote:And it's not all laziness or the inability to afford good art. Some people just don't have very good taste, or can't separate themselves enough from their own art to gauge its quality objectively.
That's why in the publishing houses art is its own department. But indie publications are a one-person show. Either you can deliver the total package, or you can't, and sales will reflect that.
Exactly why publishers look at you like you have two heads if you, as an aspiring author/illustrator without a megalithic platform, say that you've done your own illustrations for a project (God forbid). They do indeed have logical, sound reason for this regarding of two-headedness. Which is why it's a pain in the a$$ when you, therefore, have to prove to the industry at large that you've got what it takes. . . . Which is, by the by, exactly, 100% the reason why I entered both sides of L. Ron Hubbard's Writers and Illustrators of the Future
. Unlike most contests, this thing, dare I say, actually has a platform?
Secret: hehe, I even did all of my winning illustrations under cover of darkness, because my husband, bread and groomed as a military man since 19, has a certain prominent function of the brain that insists on results. And, lol, entering a contest
doesn't always (or even usually) generate said results after X amount of 'reasonable' time. So if Y or, ewe, Z amount of time is spent, instead, that is generally regarded as a 'waste of time.' Which is, of course, completely not true. It's like compairing apples and oranges. I've even done a fair amount of writing (er, okay, okay revising
of projects) this way: in a fox hole. BUT! . . . just to be clear, hands down, he's my biggest support base on all fronts; he's just got that drill sergeant side that sometimes doesn't understand some aspects of this 'breaking out' thing, lol!!!
. Anyway, it's kinda the opposite of a spouse who smiles and 'likes' everything you write. He makes a kick butt manager, though
But I digress . . . the publishers looking at you as if you have 2 heads thing. That leads to:
MJNL wrote:gower21 wrote:
I'm curious, Meghan, How you will be received now that you have won BOTH contests. Now when you swagger into the local B&N I hope they eat their words. I love these kinds of stories with a happy ending.
Ha. I was thinking about that too.
I honestly didn't know it at the time, but this snubby attitude percolates down, too. I mean, I will admit that this B&N thing totally took me off guard--like I had just been told to go sit at the back of the bus. I even drove 50 miles to this particular B&N to meet the manager in person and hand him my credentials, and that after hearing how excited he was over the phone (I guess when he thought I was a writer winner
Illustrators really are second-class citizens. I didn't know this, because every illustrator I've met is just so humble about it. Like they don't have a voice or spokesperson. Sure, I can detect that some resentment runs deep, but everyone I met, all the judges, all my peers, all those rock stars, they're just so modest.
So, more than this being a personal insult, it kind of reflects the broader problem of artists being taken for granted
. And just ask any of the judges on the WotF side; they'll tell you outright that good or bad covers reflect sales (which, lol, wasn't exactly the original point of this thread, but there you go).
Anyway, for me, personally, the story is oxymoronic: I'm an aspiring career novelist (and illustrator), who learned how to write 'short stories' just for this contest, so that I could win both sides, to (hopefully--?) finally be taken serious by the general industry, so that I can become . . . a career novelist!
(Who also illustrates some of her own projects, too). Strange times. Strange times. Everyone has a different story. But that's mine.
When did we digress so much off topic . . . ??