… is imaginary, of course; there never has been one true path and less now than ever, I’m sure.
Well, Shannon Page at Book View Café has pointed this out by compiling 27 accounts of various writers’ paths to publication.
I see from Amazon, where this book is also available, that it includes essays by Jo Walton, Cherie Priest, Jim C. Hines, Tina Connolly, Ken Scholes, Katharine Kerr, David D. Levine, K. Tempest Bradford, Ada Palmer, Trisha Leigh/Lyla Payne, Alma Alexander, Laura Anne Gilman, Chaz Brenchley, Randy Henderson, Nancy Jane Moore, Jennifer Brozek, Rhiannon Held, Chris Dolley, Brenda Cooper, Elizabeth Bourne, John A. Pitts, Mindy Klasky, Amy Sterling Casil, Deborah J. Ross, Phyllis Irene Radford, Sara Stamey, and Mark Teppo.
I would have liked a date-of-first-publication attached to each name in that list, just to see. I’m not going too far out on a limb when I suggest that the particular pathway an author traveled toward publication 20 or 30 years ago is perhaps a little less well-traveled today. Though as far as that goes, my own path was pretty traditional, minus any short story history — I believe a lot of writers used to break in via the short story market, right? Yeah, before my time. I’m sure that information will be included in the essays.
Anyway, I picked up a copy of the ebook just cause it looks interesting.