Thursday, June 9, 2011
Where Am I Going?
If you are on a writing journey, what is your destination?
I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. My writing journey has been a long and winding one. I was an editor, helping others achieve their dream of being published. I was then published myself by a small publishing company and had a wonderful experience in seeing my work in print. Then I made the jump to a large LDS fiction-producing publishing company and did two books with them.
But now what?
I have a manuscript that is currently an orphan. I have several options for it. My current publishing company has passed on it, but I could put it away and present it at another time. I’ve talked to some smaller publishers, and I’ve thought of self-publishing it and putting it on Kindle, Nook, etc. But as I go round and round with it in my mind, the question keeps coming back to me—in this writing journey, what is my destination?
I feel like I’ve met a lot of my writing goals. I’ve been published six times. I’ve had great booksignings and met incredible people. I’ve connected with other writers I admire and I feel like I’ve sort of found myself in a way.
But the reality is, the publishing world is changing. Amazon, e-readers, bookstores closing, all of these things have changed the face of publishing and given authors more options. But it’s sort of scary to jump from the safety of traditional publishing with a large publisher. What if going in a different direction doesn’t work for me? What if it does? Is this something I should pursue?
I guess it all comes down to what I really want from my writing career. Do I want to keep going as I have? What is is all about for me? Is it about getting my stories in readers’ hands? Is it about visibility and shelf space or money? Is it about taking risks or playing it safe? The road has suddenly forked and I’m not sure which path to take.
I need a map. And some answers. I really wish I could see into the future, but then again, thinking about possibilities is delicious, too. There are so many things to consider on this journey and I think a lot of writers are asking these same questions. We are all forging our own paths, but the question remains, where am I going?
(And I'm not trying to start a traditional vs. self-publishing war at all. I just want to get your thoughts and advice on the matter. So I don't drive myself insane going around with it in my head again! Decisions, decisions . . .)
And if you want a smile today, click here for a list of six reasons you should stay with a legacy publisher. Haha
(I’ve been doing this blog for a month already, can you believe it? Happy Monthaversary to me!)