Desperate Song of the Day: “The Distance” by Cake
It’s Wednesday. Two days until the weekend, and another chance to join the lovely ladies of YA Highway for Road Trip Wednesday. This week they ask:
How far would you go to get published?
Ooh, good question! One that actually had us doing this:
You see, we’ve wanted to be published authors since the very first time we could grip a pencil. We already know how we’d celebrate when we FINALLY see one of our names in the “Deals” section of Publishers Marketplace (and if you know anything about us, you’d know it has something to do with food).
So far, the only thing that we’ve both done is make revisions based on agents’ suggestions. However, we’d never change anything we wouldn’t feel comfortable about. For example, if for some reason we were asked to change a character’s race or sexuality, our response would be a resounding NO! We’ve been very lucky that we haven’t had to make those decisions thus far.
As far as genre hopping, I’d be lying if I said we haven’t *considered* it. I mean, we SEE what sells–and we both have written manuscripts that were outside of our contemporary comfort zone. But I think our writing really shines when we’re true to ourselves. If we wrote something just to fit to a trend, the passion wouldn’t be there–which means that nobody else would want to read it anyway.
So yeah, I don’t think I completely answered this question. Just know that if Quita and I get lucky enough to get published one day, we’d be able to say that we kept our self-respect.
What about you all? Would you do anything “crazy” just to see your name on a book spine?