Ripping off the Labels

I say: “I’m a self-published author.”  “I write chick lit or you know, women’s fiction, or whatever.”  “My novel is more commercial than literary.”

Which sounds a lot like: “I’m not ready.” “I don’t believe in my story.” “My book isn’t worthy.”

Outside the writing/publishing industry issues about  traditional publishing, self publishing, chick lit, women’s fiction and the never-ending battle between commercial fiction and literary fiction aren’t particularly hot topics.  I’ve  never understood their divisiveness and command of debate within the industry.  I still don’t.

What I have come to understand is my role in perpetuating the power of these labels.  Every time I qualify something I write in one of these ways it sounds like I am making an apology.  Which I most certainly am not.

So instead, I will say: “I am an author.” “I write.” “My novel is awesome.”

I encourage you to do the same.

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