Selling My Characters...

One of the reasons I have found repeatedly for self publishing has been that authors maintain control and ownership of their work. Over and over I find descriptions of the process of selling your book to the publisher like a bushel of corn, in some cases maybe truckloads of corn. I have a hard time imagining that. I can't say, that the end goal of anything I have ever written was to make money either, which may just clear that attitudes origin. I spent quite a bit of time, early on especially thinking about selling my work and I will admit, I am a little surprised with what I found. My stories and the characters in my stories are real people. My tales are real tales. This I can say with certainty, when I put a story into words or try to explain what is in my head, I am not making up fiction. It is really going on in my head. I see and feel scenes because I am there and many of the characters I find along the way are not imaginary. I feel the problem I have as a writer is in how I take these events and put them down in a way that someone else can experience what I have experienced in an interesting way. That sounds like the beginning of a separate ramble. My point really being that the idea of actually selling my characters as if they were a bushel of corn or a cord of firewood sounds a little barbaric to me. Granted, I have not been offered any amount of money for anything I have done so my idealism has not been tested. In the meantime if I were to find someone other than three close relatives who enjoyed my story, I would consider that success.

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