I made note of something this year: there are some amazing people in publishing, but there are some amazing self-publishers too. And on top of that, you have hybrid authors - people doing both. This had me trying to get to grips with all aspects of publishing.
It also had me wondering how much preparation some PeN JuNkiEs put into their career choice - or side career, however you or they want to look at it. And also, how many books did they have under their belt before they were published? At what point should you consider pitching or publishing? When you’ve written one book or five? And should you write many stand-alone books or a series?
Because of my uncertainty, I’m pitching very - and I mean VERY - slowly. I’m doing this to silence my personal conflict and appease both sides. I feel like I should pitch because time is not on my side, but I also don’t want to rush into anything with what could be considered substandard material. That would only be damaging. Though I sometimes think these thoughts are tricks. After all, perfection doesn’t exists, so maybe “not feeling ready” is, in actual fact, the highest form of procrastination.
My plan is to have at least three books finished before I start pitching ferociously. Having three books in my chosen genres allows me to establish my style and recognise any flaws that keep cropping up. It doesn’t hurt to have extra material either. If ever I’m lucky enough to have an agent say they would like to look at my other works, at least I’ll have something to pick from.
There’s a whole bunch of other stuff I need to look at as well, like whether I’m going to use my real name or a pen name. There’s so much to consider, so basically…yeah, don’t be surprised if, due to my indecisiveness, you see a lot of changes around here!
I’m still in the midst of creating myself.