One of the driving messages we hear today is that if we just work hard enough, if we just don’t quit trying, then whatever we aim for will eventually become ours to claim. It is such a motivating message. It is the kind of message that finds favour among the kind of people who leave their homelands and travel to new regions in search of a better life.
These pioneering types are prepared to give it their all to make a better life for themselves and their children in a new land.
It is a message that neo-liberals would like us all to swallow whole. We are all in charge of our destinies and whatever happens to us, good or bad, is the result of our own actions or inaction.
Really? Is that what the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was all about? Individuals empowering themselves?
Ask the people who enjoyed a middle class lifestyle, putting their eight to 10 hours of hard work on a daily basis, how much that work ethic now benefits them.
Originally posted on Nothing To Rite Home About:
Since I came to the UK I have been trying to get into the publishing industry as an editor. Somewhat hindered by the fact that my objective is those parts of the industry that publish fantasy and having a degree in Philosophy rather than English, Creative Writing or Journalism my progress has been rather slow (but steady).
I’ve found work as an academic proofreader and editor, become a volunteer at Inspired Quill and now I’ve begun taking on work from author I meet at conventions. (Seriously, I have no idea what I would be doing if it weren’t for conventions.)
These people have all urged me to set up my own website and start selling my services. Promoting myself isn’t something that I’m entirely comfortable with, nonetheless I have now taken their advice.
So, if you have a manuscript that you’ve been working on and would like someone to take a…
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