Where Will it All End?
When most of us decide to start writing – writing with the intention of being published, that is – we know where it begins. In our hearts. We’re called to write. It’s engrained in our DNA, somehow. It’s the one thing we desperately, beyond all reason, must do. Never mind how difficult, how time consuming, how emotionally and physically draining it is. Forget the horror stories we’ve heard about bad agents, tyrannical editors, and the fierce competition. We’re ready to take them on, endure anything to become a published author.
Yes, this is where it starts. But where will it end?
That depends on the writer.
Before your first book is released, before your manuscript is accepted, even before it’s completed and submitted, it’s important for you to decide what, exactly, you expect to get out of your writing.
Do you want to write the book of your heart, put it out there and let it find an audience on its own?
Do you want to be rich and famous?
Or is something in between these two extremes more of what you had in mind?
Think about it. And remember, there’s no wrong answer.
Knowing what you want to get out of writing can be comforting when things get tough, when deadlines are looming, your print run is not what you think it should be, and your overworked editor and publicists don’t seem to be as excited as you are about your book’s success.
For myself, my goal has always been to build a readership that will allow me to keep writing. I’ve been fortunate to do that. And believe me, there were times when hanging onto that thought got me through some disappointments.
I’ve been rejected – yes, even after publishing 26 novels I still get rejected – I’ve had covers I didn’t especially like and titles I wasn’t crazy about. I’ve lost editors I loved and endured editors I didn’t click with. The list goes on.
But in the end, I always drew strength from my original writing goal and reminded myself that yes, this particular situation might not suit me, but I’m still writing, publishers are still publishing me, and readers are still reading my books.
It’s also important to decide early on what you want to get out of your writing because that will dictate what you’ll have to put into it.
Are you inclined to write your book, send it out into the world and hope for a readership? If you don’t like – or can’t do – lots of publicity, this may be your best option. It’s a great book, after all, and great books often find their way into the hands of readers simply by word of mouth.
Want to be rich and famous? Getting there will mean personal appearances, signings, speeches to civic groups, blog tours, Facebook, Twitter. Along with this may come harsh reviews, unappreciative readers, people who’ll say absolutely anything to you. Are you up for that?
Decide what you want and how you want to attain it. In the end you’ll know that despite everything, you got what you wanted: to be published in a manner you can live with.
And that’s pretty darn good.
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