I hear from my close writing friends that I should drop my pseudonym's career and get on with the NY-published dream. But then one doesn't have to look far to hear the horror stories.
The prevailing message seems to be that thou shalt not query with the expectation of publication. And then one shouldn't expect more than a thousand dollar - five thousand dollar advance. One shouldn't expect publisher support for marketing. If a publisher does promise co-op and promo, don't expect them to follow through. Beware getting stuck in the midlist. Just because you get a book published, doesn't mean a bookstore will carry it. If you are in the midlist, watch out: if the publisher doesn't promo you, then your book won't be picked up by bookstores, and you'll be screwed without a fair chance. Don't expect to make a living.
I think I missed at least a hundred other warnings. The pressure to "break out" is bad enough. It seems if I manage even that, I'll be in for more horrors than I can count!
Which led me to ask myself, is it really a wise career move to query NY? Or is it just an ego thing? Is there any hope at all?
I don't want false positive-thinking mumbo jumbo. I want to know: is it really all bad?