The blogs that I have read recently, all from writers whose opinions I respect, have mostly concerned the dilemma most of us aspiring authors have between choosing the traditional method of querying agents to obtain representation in order to be published by one of the established publishing houses, or self-publishing (or indie-publishing) eBooks designed for Amazon's Kindle.
One of these blogs implied that, as an older writer, who may not have more than one or two books "in me" before shuffling off this mortal coil, I would probably not interest either agents or publishers. Another one said that most publishers are really more interested in TV and movie rights than they are in the book itself, and since the demographic targeted in this country for movies and TV in this country is the 18-22 year age group, they are also not that interested in the older reader. This one surprised me a little, as I know that most books in this country are purchased by the 50 and older crowd, but then when I thought about it more, it made sense. It also explained all the form rejections I received the first time around when I queried for THE BEAR AND THE DARKNESS. Don't get me wrong -- I'm not saying that the book as it stood was ready for publication, as I have learned some things since. However, I have learned that there were other factors in play about which I was naive and unaware.
So now I am back to square one, but in a better-informed way. I still want to publish the story I had the passion to write, but maybe I'll have to take the self-pub road. Allowing my story to be my query and the public to be my critic is a scary proposition, because if I fail to impress the first time around, I will diminish my chances of success on subsequent efforts and damage my reputation as an author. However, if I do not do it this way, neither this nor any of my other manuscripts may ever be seen by anyone but me. In addition, trying something new and different is a powerful energizer, and that's what we all need to live rather than just exist. Look out world --