Camouflage Cat has words of wisdom that should be followed. Well, unless you want to emulate a Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal.

One of my co-workers had a late meeting yesterday. She came back into the office at about 4:15pm, looked out the window, and said, “Oh wow, when did all the dark clouds show up?” “Just now,” said Bill. “Yep, in the last 20 seconds. We should call you ‘Sherry, the Harbinger of Doom’, and it’d look great on your resume,” I said. We all laughed at that, because it was silly and the clouds had been building for the last few hours. A few minutes later, when Bill was leaving for the day, the clouds opened and rain started hitting the windows. The monsoon storms hit downtown Phoenix, right when most of us had to stand outside waiting for the buses that took us home. Oh well. I used my laptop bag to cover my head—it looked silly, but it kept me mostly dry.

Been reading The Gift by Patrick O’Leary. Unfortunately, that’s the last book by that author that the local library has. It may be that he’s only published 3 books—which would be a shame; he’s talented and writes well. But the books he writes aren’t as marketable as some. The books of his which I’ve read are all self-contained, which is Bad in modern publishing—you want to have an iconic character or set of characters whom fans love, then you can write an open-ended series and Make Many Sales.

It’s sad to say, but publishing firms would rather have a Piers Anthony than a Herman Melville. There are thousands of authors who have great stories to tell who will never find an audience, and never be appreciated. This is annoying. We want to pretend that talent, skill, and merit guarantee success, but that is not the case. Luck, social position, being in the right place at the right time, and having a well-funded marketing team are probably more important than merit in many cases.