So I am in a state of exhaustion with still so much to do. Cue the world’s smallest violin. But this post isn’t about all that. This post is about my writing and the sudden OMG moment I seem to be experiencing.
See “A Queen’s Tale” got its first review. The general gist was that the story was amazing but I shot myself in the foot because I didn’t edit it well enough. Now I do have to say that while I am new to reviews and such I think the guy said it in a bit of, to quote Sam, “A dick way” but I can accept constructive criticism. I didn’t think “A Queen’s Tale” was that badly edited but maybe I still see what I want to see and am too close to the story. I don’t know. What I do know is that my confidence is shot about publishing “Nyssa’s Tale” myself with just the help of friends who are grammar Nazis. I am back to the opinion that I had six months ago that I need help from those in the know about this sort of thing if I am going to release my book, and the other novels and short stories that are in production. (Honestly I don’t even know how many novels, novellas and short stories I have on the go writing by myself or writing with Sam, I just know it is a lot. Actually a lot seems an inadequate description.)
So I am back to square one a bit on what do I do now? There are so many people out there with their own advice on indie publishing, mainstream publishing, having an agent, having an editor and all the other components of publishing and I feel just a little overwhelmed. With that in mind I plan to have some discussions with my writer friends who are amazing and have all been, I assume, here at this point.
The important thing I am taking away from the experience of self-publishing “A Queen’s Tale” is that most people really do think I have talent as a writer and I think that is the most important part of the equation. Editing can be taught to me, talent at writing not so much. Also I can find people to help me with the logistics and mechanics of writing. But I feel good to know that there are people who enjoy my writing and want more. And there is more. There is so much more. Honestly I think in the next couple of years I should have at least 10 novels and novellas ready for the editing to publishing process and I am excited about that.
So now for, hopefully, some discussion in the comments section here. How do you all feel about publishing, about reviews, about these same issues that are battling for attention in my head? What did you do? What are you doing? Why is the sky blue? (And yes I know it is because we are all looking up a smurf’s butt.)