We’re becoming a society of entrepreneurs. There’s loads of evidence available on the Web that supports this fact, read any popular blogs like RowdyKittens lately? Tammy Strobel is supporting herself through her own small business, part of which is her blog.
Recently, the New York Times ran an article about young graduate entrepreneurs. The NYT article highlighted how people fresh out of college are facing the grim job market and instead of being complacent and accepting unemployment or underemployment, they’re creating their own jobs.
Yahoo finance ran a similar article this week about people who are starting over in their careers after layoffs by starting their own businesses.
This is the future, playing out right before our eyes. Corporations are reconfiguring their workforce and guess what? The reconfiguration doesn’t include you or me. Corporations are outsourcing overseas now more than ever. Making this the age of survival of the fittest in the business world. But this is okay.
Over the past six months, I have come to the realization that if I want write, I need to make my own way. Throughout college, and really, all of my life, I’ve been told that I have to be accepted by a publisher in order to be a writer. In order to be published and successful. I’m no longer swallowing this antiquated lie.
I’m taking my career, my life and my future in my own hands. And I started it when I began this blog. I write about what I want here. I’m cultivating my voice, gaining an audience, perfecting my craft and following my bliss.
I have plans in the works to start e-publishing my own stories. I’ve already written one novel, many years ago, and I am working on my second. I’ve researched publishers for years, both epubs and traditional print publishers and what I write doesn’t fit what they want. And that’s okay.
In the past, I toyed with my first novel and changed my story and writing style to try and fit a certain publishers needs. The book didn’t sell, probably because I wasn’t being true to myself, and I actually shelved writing for two years! I’m no longer going to try and write what a publisher, or anyone else, wants.
I write for me. Which is why I’ve decided to e-publish my first novel in 2011. Maybe no one will buy it, maybe lots of people will.
I have to take the leap. I have to be an entrepreneur.