April 16th, 2012, 9:18 am

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120-I promise you I'm fine

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daviddoesntgetit April 10th, 2012, 12:19 am

I’m sure partially the reason Miriam feels bad for me is her own dissatisfaction with how her own endeavors are going.

C’mon, Miriam! Buck up! I’ll always be here to support you.

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RainbowRandomness April 16th, 2012, 11:02 am

Aww :')
Sorry this such an odd comment, but it left me with a smile, this reminds me of myself and my family at times :)

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roxjey April 16th, 2012, 11:37 am

awww Miriam X3

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W0rmh0le April 16th, 2012, 2:21 pm

Awww Miriam, I don't know why but I think she's so adorable!

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mikemacdee April 17th, 2012, 1:10 am

aw, god, i'm sure i know exactly what she's going through. getting published feels like an exercise in futility most of the time. with art or comics or music, people can immediately taste a sample of your work. with writing, your readers have to take time out of their day to sit down and get into your story or article or whatever, and nobody is able or willing to invest the time to do so. so you submit to peers who promise they'll read and give you feedback, and they never do either; or you submit to publishers, and after waiting several months finally get their reply, and it's a rejection letter.

hang in there, miriam!

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Sir April 17th, 2012, 1:41 am

My eyes watered at this.

Ah, I get the feeling Miriam does, though perhaps for a different reason.
Because my sister helps me out so much I feel like I should become financially awesome so
that I can pay back that debt and help HER achieve her dream, too.

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jonasfx April 18th, 2012, 4:05 am

taking care of each other rules! she's sweet miriam~

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daviddoesntgetit April 20th, 2012, 4:26 am

@W0rmh0le: Haha, it's fine, it's fine. I'm sure she'd like it.

@mikemacdee: Oh, yeah? Miriam told me one of the advice her writing teacher gave her was just to send it out to as many as you can and get rejected. It seems difficult.

I see. It really is harder than I thought.

I'll pass on your support.

@Sir: I see, I see. Hey, I hope it works out for the both of you. Sacrificing money is worth it sometimes, right?

@jonasfx: Haha, yes, she is.

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mikemacdee April 20th, 2012, 4:19 pm

Yeah, they always tell writers to keep submitting as much and as often as possible, but they never explain why. Probably because it's discouraging.

The publishing industry is run by countless chaotic variables: subjects publishers are looking for (usually either what's trendy right now, or what stands out from the trendy stuff), what word count they'll accept, how many submissions they get a month, how many of those submissions followed the guidelines, still how many are the length and quality they need, etc. You could submit a story to a magazine that's not too long and extremely well-written, but they reject it because they already have plenty of good material this month. Or maybe one month they get a lot more crap than usual and are desperate for decent material, and just happen to lay eyes on your submission. The reason you keep submitting is the reason you keep playing Blackjack: sooner or later, you might get the winning card combination. Or you might never get it.

But there's always self-publishing and print-on-demand, like over at Lulu.com.

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daviddoesntgetit April 24th, 2012, 9:58 pm

@mikemacdee: Wow, that was really interesting to read. I knew some of it from Miriam but I think she tries to downplay the difficulty as much as she can.

I can see why text is so much more difficult then.

Yeah, the thing about self-publishing is you need to have an audience first. The only reason to get a publisher is for the publicity, right?

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mikemacdee April 25th, 2012, 6:41 am

@daviddoesntgetit: lol it's possible she's downplaying it, and it's possible she has no idea just how bullshit it all is. It's also possible it's not as bad as I make it out to be. Who knows.

I think the benefit of submitting to a publisher is they handle the business end of the transaction. They almost always do bare minimum when it comes to marketing your stuff: they might mention your book in their next catologue, and list it on their website. Everything else -- workshops, conventions, book signings -- is on the author's head. So if Miriam does finally get a book published, she's gotta promote it, cos nobody else is gonna do it for her. That goes for all authors.

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yaoi4evandnevayuri May 26th, 2012, 3:32 pm

@daviddoesntgetit: Miriam has made me teared up a few times in this comic. I want to hang out with her... D: