I have been writing, more or less full time, for a couple of years now. I have come out with two novels, and I have a third which is close to completion. I conceived an anthology of short stories, even if I could not quite bring it to term and had to hand it over to someone else to midwife at the end.
Right now I am working on a novel with a co-author that is very different than anything I have ever attempted. It is a historical fiction, third person with multiple points of view, a hybrid Cold War Era thriller and literary romance.
I am staying fairly productive and feeling good about how I am developing as a writer.
I do have to face that I am not a good publisher, however. I think I’ve given it a good shot, but I’m really spinning my wheels. Granted, lately I have not been working on promotion, but there have been times when I have, to very little avail.
So I am still working on finding a publisher to work with. I did have one prospect that looked good at the beginning, but right now I am counting down the last few days to the “if you haven’t heard anything by now the answer is no” date.
So next week I’ll most likely be working on sending out queries again. I’m not happy about that, but I do believe that selling my books once, to a publisher, is going to be easier in the long run than trying to continually sell my work to the public.
Not that I expect a publisher to do all (or even most) of the promotion. However, having a publisher with an existing product line and their own web presence is going to make that a lot easier, not to mention handling editing and formatting issues.
I really want to be able to concentrate on writing, and that’s tough to do while also trying to be editor and publisher and book designer and marketer and salesman.
It’s hard for me to focus when I have multiple tasks. Everything gets so overwhelming that I dither and try to decide what to do next. I’ve boiled things down to three jobs:
Finish The Worms Of Heaven.
Continue working with my co-author on the Cold War book.
Find a publisher to handle The Book Of Lost Doors series.
That, I think I can handle.