Glory: the Only Good Reason to Write

You can have your wealth, power, fame, sex. We all know they won’t last. As soon as your back is turned, wealth and power will start flirting with the cute blonde at the end of the bar. Fame and sex will be looking deeply into the eyes of that new kid on the block.

Glory on the other hand will be at that very moment getting chiseled into stone, carved into granite, etched into marble – with your name etched alongside it.

Glory contains everything we cherish in the world and most desire out of ourselves: the pursuit of excellence, creativity, courage, making the world a better place.

Glory says (in this order): I did this. I really did this. I really freaking did this.

So go and do it. Write. Embrace glory.

Friends Don’t Let Friends Read Their Writing

“A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”
– Thomas Mann (1875-1955)

Despite whatever words might come out of their mouths (“Sure, I’d love to…” “I’d be thrilled…”), they do not want to be asked to do this favor.

It’s only natural. We all do it. We emerge from our writing cave with something we think could be great. Maybe even awesome. Maybe even world revolutionary.  The temptation to share the possible masterpiece with the very next person you encounter is nearly irresistible. But as Yoda the Jedi Master would put it:  “Resist you must!”

“Resist you must” because most friends haven’t a single clue how to respond or react to your writing. And the ones who do – or think they do – are even worse.  Both ate potentially lethal to your writerly ambitions.

Why You Need Us Instead

It’s sometimes said that a paid editor is like a paid therapist. But let’s be honest: both a paid editor and a paid therapist are actually a lot like paid hookers.

Don’t be shocked. Just consider:

Each takes on the extremely delicate job of examining our most intimate natures and then, if all goes well, making the best of them.

Yes there is embarrassment and even a slight dip in self-esteem paying for something you always assumed you could get for free. And yes it’s true: there will be no cuddling with our editors after the fact.

But then again, in the end, who needs to really know about your little indiscretion? No one, that’s who. And, as we will argue below, editing is never, ever about cuddling.

Now consider the upside…

As a writer with something to say, you will be spending money for something that you actually desperately want and so rarely get: to finally have your writing be seriously read, not just rejected out of hand by a bored assistant editor. Your words will be paid careful attention to by an expert in the field who will provide you with detailed tips and advice – and yes they’re doing it for a fee.

And finally let’s consider that hooker analogy one last time. None of us here at feel particularly ashamed or creepy to employ such a metaphor to describe our work. For one thing, of course, we’re not actually trading sex for money.

But we’re also not doing something else: which is making promises we won’t keep. We are here to help you be the best you can but at the end of the day, we’re not going to promise you we can help get you a book deal or an agent or that we’ll marry you or become your personal sex poodle.

We do have a motive for what we do besides money, however. We believe that the publishing business is seriously out of whack in this country. At a time of unprecedented demand, and a time when new technologies for delivering the written word in all forms to consumers around the globe a handful of book and magazine distribution companies still hold way too much sway and continue to stifle creativity out of sheer greed. It’s simply too difficult for writers of talent to get their work noticed. We’d like to see that change.