One of the best parts about becoming active in the blogosphere, or, more specifically, the authosphere, is meeting all the awesome people follwoing the same track, published or unpublished. One of the worst parts about becoming active in the blogoshphere, or, more specifically, the authosphere, is meeting all the awesome people following the same track, published or unpublished. If there’s one thing that can drive home the dismal chances of a writer beating out the pack for publication, it’s seeing what the pack really looks like.
There are quite a few published authors with impressive and thriving blogs and their surrounding communities: John Scalzi at Whatever, Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, and also the folks at Deadline Dames, Magical Words, and The Magic District. There’s also Lauren Oliver, Justine Larbelestier, and Carrie Ryan. And that’s just the people I’ve looked at recently.
So, I’m definitely in great company here. I guess the title is a bit isleading I would love to reach the same level as any of the people on that list.
Now, I have to admit, competing against these people is scary. A lot of them write in different genres than I do, but considering the number of people not on my list, I think it’s safe to assume that there are just as many fantastic writers in my genres, published or not. And while writing is not a head-on-collision sort of competition, there’s limited space on the lists of agents and publishers, so to an extent, someone else getting published means I have less of a chance. And just wait ’til we’re talking about the marketplace. I can read a few hundred books a year, and that’s not even scratching the surface of published material out there.
So, yeah, the authosphere is a very scary place, but I’m enjoying it.