How do you know when your writing isn't the problem?

Writing is about decisions. About whether this character needs to be a girl or if your villain should be named Sam or Pam.

Some decisions are harder than others. Like if you should write this scene here or if you should leave a deeper meaning to a character's arc.

And others are even harder.

Like deciding if you should stop writing or self-publish because there's no other way for that story you absolutely love with all your heart to get out there.

That was the decision I was faced with, and a decision I soon realized so many authors were faced with.

Because even if you've written THE book, there's a chance you'll never get an agent for it. Does this mean you're a horrible writer? That your story is just not there yet?

Sometimes, yes.
Other times, no.

There are numerous factors involved in an agent's decision to pass on your work.

-Personal taste. I myself never read contemporary. As a super-hero, I tend to read about other characters like me, in science fiction and fantasy.

-No Market. Sometimes, like in the case of my book, the market is now. And signing with an agent means by the time you get a book deal, assuming that you get a book deal that is, it could take one and a half to two years for your release. By then, the market is long gone. Like Bucky. Or my date with Peggy.

(Hold on, there's-there's something in my eye.)

-Your writing. If your book falls under this category, you probably have a book that isn't quite ready to be seen by the world. Edit, rewrite, set it aside and come back to it. It will be ready.

So when your book is rejected for reasons other than your book not being ready, maybe self-publishing is for you.

I certainly believed it wasn't for me.

I didn't like the idea of publishing my book myself, because it looked like I was taking that route because I couldn't get an agent. Because I was hopefully.

But I'm not.

And neither are you. And it isn't wrong to self-publish. In recent years, publishing a book yourself has earned more respect than it once had, though it still is frowned upon or not taken seriously.

But if there's one thing I learned from my decision, it's that self-publishing isn't the end. You can still sign with an agent and get published the traditional route.

Whatever it is, don't give up. Hold your head up high. And keep writing.

3 comments:

  1. I used to think self-publishing was the "easy" way out. Not "real". Ha...boy, I changed my mind. I've read some seriously FANTASTIC self-published books this year, and (after researching so much about the publishing industry), I know it IS dang hard to get an agent and a publisher. Self-publishing is so not the cheaters way out. It's a path and it's awesome.

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  2. Nice post, great blog, following :)

    Good Luck :)

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