My writing took an…interesting turn. Well, depending on how you look at it.
A few writing-friends of mine recently read one of my stories, the one I’m most proud of, and both really liked it (or so they say…). One of them told me I needed to publish. I’ve been wanting to publish that story for a while now, but her words kinda made it click in my mind.
I am working on draft three. As soon as I finish fixing up a few more structure-errors, all that will need to be changed with the story are little grammar mistakes. I’m almost finished with the novel! That means…I can publish soon!
Of course, I immediately got excited and started researching like crazy. And, of course, my spirits started to fall when I began to find out the situation that I’m in, as a beginning author. See, first, there’s the question of do I want to self-publish or find a publishing company? I decided I didn’t want to self-publish, at least for this novel.
Then there’s the question of whether I want to get an agent or not. I want an agent. But herein lies the problem. Most big publishing-houses require you to have an agent. However, most good agents won’t look into you much if you’ve never published before or have anything to say about yourself. In fact, the only way that a beginning writer like me will catch the attention of an agent is I have a really intriguing synopsis in my query letter.
I think my novel is interesting, but I’m not so sure I can go that far. And I’ve never been published before, not even in magazines. “I’ve been writing for three years” isn’t really that big of a deal. I haven’t written very many novels (though I suppose four might be a big number to some people), I don’t have some super-popular blog or lots and lots of followers on Twitter or something (apparently those can get the attention of an agent), or anything down that street. Hmm.
So far, I can see only two solutions. A. I can go through a small-press company that doesn’t require an agent, or B. I can work on one of my others stories and get that out there, whether through self-publishing or a small-press, and then when I try to publish my “masterpiece”, I can say, “Hey! I’ve been writing for three years and I’ve published such-and-such novel”.
Well. With the way this is going, it’ll be a while before I can get published. I sure hope it’s worth the wait, though!