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lena matthews
09-20-2004, 03:48 AM
would you tailor your writing, (ie write a story just because you know it's something that the publisher is looking for) to sale a book?:money

arrowqueen
09-20-2004, 03:53 AM
'Fraid so. I am a literary whore.

Cheers,
aq

Nyki27
09-20-2004, 05:42 AM
Depends how much tailoring and how much work it involved. I don't think I could put up with spending months writing something I couldn't stand. I'd tweek a story a bit to fit the publisher's demands, or I'd write, say, a 3000 word story to spec. It's not really a matter of artistic integrity, it's more my boredom threshold.

veingloree
09-20-2004, 04:54 PM
Absolutely. But first I seek publishers who want the sort of stuff I write -- so that it isn't a fatal compromise.

Writing Again
09-21-2004, 06:35 PM
I don't think I could put up with spending months writing something I couldn't stand.


Absolutely. But first I seek publishers who want the sort of stuff I write -- so that it isn't a fatal compromise.

The question becomes one of degree. How much time is spent, how much integrity lost, compared to renumeration in terms of money and prestige.

If I wrote a screenplay and the producer is paying me $500,000 then wants me to change my orphan boy in reform school into a ballerina in dance class: No problem. You got yourself a ballerina.

If the editor is paying me $100 and wants me to change the word azure to blue: that is cool, blue will do.

If I have to put in a lot of work, put in a lot of time, while getting zilch pay, then the publisher had better offer a lot of prestige or be a charity I really care about.

Writing is not just a creative art: it is a business.

Writing is not just a business: it is a creative art.