A Deep Breath

This writing thing is intoxicating. There’s something so wonderfully enticing about seeing your words on a page and imagining a glorious future: books on shelves, people knowing your name, making money doing something you love… I find it utterly easy to get caught up in it to the point where I just want it all to start. I want my career in writing to begin immediately with a childish eagerness that defies the logical progression of things.

So, I’m taking a deep breath and looking at my manuscript and the feedback I’ve gotten from it. The truth is that it is just not ready yet. And no matter how much I will it to be good enough now, nothing but time and revisions will get it to submission-ready perfection. The zen part of me had a talk with the impatient child part of me, and now I’m working on relaxing into the knowledge that, truly, there is no rush. It will take the time it takes to get it to the level that it needs to be at.

And that’s that.

On that note, I’m off to revise some more and check out some new books on writing. Anyone have any favorites that have really made a difference in their experiences?

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And Now, I’m On Twitter – Plus a ***New Title***

Newsflash: Augira is now The Mad Kingdom: Book One of the Soulbinder Trilogy. I like that. A lot. So, yeah. Change is in the wind.

And, speaking of change… In the spirit of marketing, I reluctantly joined twitter. I’m @LaurenMarieRobb. Check me out, and I’ll do the same – this following stuff is addictive. Now, if I could just figure out these hashtags…

Good Lord, I sound like I’m 80 years old. πŸ˜‰

Slight Change to the Plan: Self-Publish?

I know what you are thinking:

WHAT?!?!?!

Yeah, well, me too.

However, after doing lots of research on traditional versus self-publishing, deciding that I was, of course, going to go the traditional route, I had an epiphany. I read an article or two about the future of publishing, another few about the timeline for authors from start to in-the-store and on-the-shelf, one about how much money people make self-publishing e-books versus traditional publishing, and two about the success stories of Michael J. Sullivan and Hugh Howey.

And I realized: the publishing industry is changing at a lightening-fast rate. Magazines are going belly-up every day, publishing houses are merging to better handle the digital age, and things just aren’t that simple anymore. Traditional publishing is no longer the no-brainer it once was for people who want to be legitimate writers. …Even though I thought it was until this past week, snob that I am. Truthfully, I just want to be the next J.K. Rowling, Brandon Sanderson, or, yes, even Stephenie Meyer (have you read Host? it’s goooood).

But that’s not realistic. That’s chance. What I realized today over coffee with my husband is that I really just want to be able to tell stories to people and make a little money. Someday, hopefully, a lot of money. But for now, I just want to start!

So, I’m exploring my options. Now, I just have to get my butt in gear so that I can revise and polish this manuscript up til it shines.

And here’s a nice note to end on since I’m in the revision stage – hope you find this as funny as I do:

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