I don't know about you - but I have found that standing firm, holding tight to who you are is never easy. But the the older I get the easier it gets. There are many aspects to Land Run that does not meet certain CBA or ABA requirements (the gods of fiction publishing - Christian and secular). But in this novel I strove towards a pretty simple and independant agenda. Tell the truth - entertain - every word must fit the character, scene, and story. That's it. I found through the process of finding an agent and then a publisher - the literary world out there is not exactly a friend to this 'agenda' of mine. They are friends to parts of it and contexualized versions of these goals of mine in this writing. But that is not enough. The control over art today is crazy to me. Marketing has taken over what people can read and where they can access it even. How did that happen? I don't know.
I ran across this critique of literature a few years ago and found it very encouraging. You may as well - so I will include it here. If you have interest or time to read it - please leave your responses in the comments section (if you do - you will be like the first to do so ;-)
One week until the 'release date' of the novel. I need to google for what that means. It is available now online at a lot of places. See the Land Run Website But I think it is a date where the publisher issues advertisements and firms up 'book-events'. It will be interesting and I hope...fun.