I'm 20 days out from my 31st birthday.
I'm 24 days out from embarking on my first cruise to Canada.
I'm thismuch closer to finishing a second manuscript this year.
So, it's shaping up to be a pretty exciting month for me. I'd REALLY like to finish both manuscripts so that I can get to working on their second drafts before NaNoWriMo kicks off in November.
Yes. I'm using my thirties as I should've used my twenties: As someone who wants to write books for a living. Novel concept right?
But honestly. Six years ago when I started at my current job, I was under the illusion that what happened to Amanda Hocking would happen to me. Haha! I was so cute and naive when I was 25.
The last year or so, I've tried really hard to understand what it means to be an independent or self-published author. How you have to put your best work out there, not just the crappy first draft that you were just relieved to finish. That editors want to help you and not hinder you. That the entire business of getting word out rests on your shoulders.
I keep waffling between wanting to find a real publisher and sharing profits, or doing everything myself (or hiring it out), and getting to keep more of my hard earned money. But if I do that, will I still have time for writing? Therein lies the real question.
Do I want to attempt to find a publisher (I've got a list of small publishing companies I could pitch to), and risk rejection from a small number of people? Or do I want to self-publish, create my own brand, risk losing valuable writing time, but keep more profit?
If I wanted to be honest with myself, I'd rather make more money (You haven't seen my student loans. Hoo-boy!). I'm extremely cautious about showing my writing to some people, because I was scarred from it during college (no one in my department liked it, it seemed, but everyone outside my department loved it. WTF?).
However, this past year of soul searching, I've discovered a couple different writing communities that have opened my eyes not only to the vast array of writers and their stories out there, but that people want to read what I have to write.
Last night, I was taking part in #StorySocial on Twitter, and we were talking about character relationships. I talked about one of my current WIP (Works in Progress), about a woman coming into her story in the middle of a beautiful relationship. It managed to pique the interest of several other members of the group. I've never gotten that kind of feedback from a group of writers before. It made me think, I can really do this.
So, despite the month being shorter for me, due to my vacation at the end of the month, and I cut myself off from technology during vacations, I really want to finish both manuscripts. I want to get them both published in the next year. I want to make a go of this crazy writing life that I've desired since I was nine years old.
That's why I haven't been hanging out here for awhile. I've been working on my books. And I hope when they are published, you'll do me the honor of reading them.
- What are your September goals?
- Anything fun coming up?
- What are you writing? Reading?