Quality vs. Quantity
The other morning we all witnessed that Angie had revamped her look: it looks savvy and matches worldly known magazines.
The same morning I got a message from my friend Angelica, who proudly asked me to have a look through it and to give her my honest feedback. Which I did.
I had written a lengthy response suggesting what would be the most important aspect in order to keep the magazine at the top of the list. My most honest and most important advice fitted in one sentence: ‘Be selective and publish only the best’.
What does that exactly mean? If Angie’s Diary is a literary magazine we have to choose and select what kind of literature we present and write about, we have to decide on the quality of writers and their stories according to the maxim ‘same attracts the same’ if we want to be read by a serious and literate audience, we have to offer the very same quality: a well-written, intelligent read.
Those who follow my posts have already learned that I often speak doubtfully about stories crowded by vampires, ghosts, zombies, wizards and similar creatures of chaos and darkness, as I really do not consider such writing as a piece of distinguished literary work. I often wonder why this kind of literature is so popular in mainstream publishing, or if not mainstream publishing, authors who don’t have the opportunity to publish via traditional methods but self-publish their work somehow think those stories are the most appealing to the readership.
My advice would be for any author to keep in mind that once when they sign their name under a piece of writing they shouldn’t be ashamed of it in ten years’ time. Writing itself is not only informative but also educative and stimulating for one’s mind and soul. We have to put a high standard and aim to reach that standard every time we offer readers our thoughts and insights.
My advice to Angie was – If you want to be the best in the industry, be selective and keep the best.