I have a bit of a confession.
I’ve been struggling with writing since summer. Perhaps it’s frustration at the system, perhaps it’s stress from an uber-busy work schedule, or perhaps it’s something else entirely. Okay, so I generally have ups and downs with writing (who doesn’t?) but this slump has been the longest of record since I started seriously writing three years ago.
I’ve considered quitting. I’ve considered small presses. I’ve considered self-pubbing. I’ve considered scraping yet another manuscript to focus on the next WIP to polish and query to agents.
While these ideas were all appealing in their own way, I still wasn’t sure what to do.
One thing happened, though, that I wasn’t expecting.
Due to some seriously awesome writerly friends, I had a chance to talk my thoughts out and get some opinions of people who’ve gone through the whole “agent–small press–self-pub” cycle. They’ve generously shared their wisdom and knowledge with me so I feel more empowered and prepared to combat the industry.
So, here’s what I’m going to do. I’m still querying my dystopian, but I’m also going to pull out my middle grade (which has been dormant since spring) and will start revisions on that sucker so I can get it query ready.
I feel like I’m heading back to basic training for another tour of Operation Get Published.
Anybody willing to join me?