I do understand your point, and you’re right…but only to an extent. For every successful self-published work like “Eragon”, there’s hundreds that go nowhere (including mine).

That’s why, when the Pacific Northwest Writers Association holds its annual conference with a handful of editors and dozens of agents, we writers fork over hundreds of dollars to lock in our spot and flock like mad to make our pitch, and to learn how others made it.

To be sure, there is much more opportunity thanks to the internet, but this is no substitute for proactive efforts to increase diversity among the movers and shakers in the entertainment industries.

Retired Navy. Inveterate contrarian. If I haven’t done it, I’ve usually done something close.

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