In terms that we writers all understand, that was the dark of the night. The moment when I was at my absolute lowest. That bleak time when I wasn't sure if I could carry on. Where I had to take stock and somewhere, somehow, find the strength I needed to keep going.
You know what? That's exactly what I did. And what I realized is this. I love writing. I write just for the hell of it. I write it's because my passion. But I'm not going to allow that my loving a story I wrote will enable someone to bully or exploit me or push me around in any way that I don't want to go.
So in the interests of that, I'm changing the way I'm looking at the publishing business. Before, I just signed when I got the offer because the contract seemed fair and I didn't feel I had bargaining power. Now... I'm saying screw it.
From now on I'm having an attorney going over ever publishing contract I might sign with a fine-toothed comb. And if I don't like something, I'm going to ask for it to be changed.
You know why? I'm a writer. I face monsters and insecurities and all sorts of darknesses within my own soul in order to create books. And
You know the thing about powerhouses? They keep moving forward to bigger and better things.