Question One: Why become a writer now, when it is so difficult?
You have chosen to become a writer in the most difficult period for getting started that I have personally experienced. The Seventies—when I got started — was a time of warm, bubbly expansion. Today is a time of severe, icy contraction.
You have probably heard that CBA Canada (the Christian book retailers of Canada) is no more, and that Blessings has also closed many stores. A recent article in ChristianWeek speaks of the four-store chain "Christian Publications" closing on a "high note".
But closing on a high note is still closing, right?
Basically, at the end of the day, the whole industry is changing. That is changing the way we work and the way we reach people, and the changes are happening quickly.
Behind this public news, there is — as we all know — other news, industry news. For example, most of us know that it is much more difficult than it used to be to get a book published without an agent.
Question Two: "Can I get an agent?"
If you want to know why there is an intelligent design controversy, coming to Canada as the Expelled movie, read: