This adventure so far:
So far, this writing and publishing roller coaster has been one hell of a ride. I start writing my first novel in November of 2013 and somewhat finished it around May of 2014. I know that’s longer than some people’s advice that a novel should be able to be written in 3 months. That’s great and all, but that doesn’t necessarily work for this guy. There’s a lot of great advice out there about writing and I greatly appreciate; however, on the flip-side, it sometimes panicked me when I wasn’t “going by the book” of how to write a novel. I quickly (more or less) learned to shrug those feelings off and write and be creative at my own pace. After all, this is my baby, my blood, sweat and tears.
The next hill of the roller coaster comes when trying to find an agent or publisher. For me, this was/is definitely not the fun part of the writing/publishing process. Again, you’re putting you baby out there for others to judge, many of whom don’t take the time to truly read what you submit to them. Many have programs which search for key words and quickly generate form rejection letters if it doesn’t match with what they are looking for. My advice, try not to take it personally (basically impossible) and keep pushing forward. Tweak your query, if need be, and continue sending your query letter out. You do not need an agent to publish a book, which is true for me. I sent my query letter, synopsis, etc to several publishers and got a positive response and now my book is going to be published. Some publishers let you have a lot of control in the publishing and designing process, like mine. It’s awesome if you have a type A personality like me, but it’s not necessary. Go with your heart and gut; 9 times out of 10 they will lead you in the right direction.
And most importantly, as Winston Churchill said, “Never, never, never give up.”
Coming soon is a post about “The struggle with the sequel”. Yikes!