A Writer’s Interdependency

A year ago I posted about support systems. I think we all appreciate a little encouragement from time to time. It’s both comforting and reassuring, but on occasion there’s more to the shoring up than we may realize.

I believe there are times when we can look back and recognize that the help we’ve received is more like a sturdy snake rail fence or a well constructed log building. We’re not just propped up and supported by helpful friends, but are embedded right into a mutually beneficial structure.

Published authors see it all the time. Each person or agency encountered throughout the publication process is integral to the others. There are the writers who craft stories, editors who help improve them, agents who find homes for them, illustrators and printers, publicists, booksellers and readers, all who have a vital role to play, and are interdependent on the others for their success.

Our original Cariboo cabin, circa 1949, as it looks today. (Click to enlarge)

I’ve always admired old Cariboo fences and log cabins. Sound construction principles help them endure. Makes me think our traditional publishing methods probably will, too.

What’s your opinion?


“He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.”
[Luke 6:48 NIV]

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