I’ve written 11 novels, close to 100 short stories and I don’t have anything to show for it.
I submitted a novel today, and that’s a good thing, but I’m honestly at the point where submitting has lost its taste and I’m ready to move on to self-publishing.
My wife and I have talked about getting a collection of stories together and publishing those, and I believe that’s probably the best course of action.
I love to write. It’s the only thing I feel I’m good at. I’ve been doing it so long, like with bartending that I don’t know how to do anything else.
I could find a job doing something besides bartending, but I really enjoy it.
As far as my writing goes, I’ve written so many words in the last five years since we moved our kids from Las Vegas to Utah that I’ve made great strides in my writing. I’ve improved so much from the earlier stories after we moved.
The world is different from what it was five years ago, hell five months ago, but I get the feeling that something has to change soon, at least for my writing.
I keep submitting short stories and novels and they keep getting rejected.
I can’t afford an editor, it’s just not in our budget.
My greatest hope is that something I submit gets published but as I lose hope for that, I gain it in publishing it by myself.
Moving forward I’ll probably self-publish a collection of short horror stories. I have a few that I really enjoy and I’m looking for a theme among some of them. I may have one, but I’m still hopeful for my novels, though as I said, that hope is waning.
It’s not about the money, it’s about people enjoying what I write. If I only wrote for money that would be horrible. I can’t see myself doing anything but writing and that I haven’t had a novel picked up feels damaging to myself.
I know I’m wining about things when we’re in a pandemic, all of the racial injustice happening to Black lives, but sometimes I just need to put my feelings down on the page. True feelings.
I hope you’re all well. I will tell you if anything happens with the novel, but I think I’ll be moving forward with finding a throughway with the short story collection. That feels like the best thing to do right now.
I encourage you to self-publish. I published my first book on Amazon (paperback and ebook) thanks to encouragement from a favorite author. I used tutorials on the KDP website and Amazon staff lent a hand now and then. I am not in it to make a living, but the results have been surprisingly positive…a year and a half later, I still hear from readers in five countries and am nearly finished with my second book. Best wishes!
Thanks. That’s the way I’ve been leaning. I appreciate the honesty.
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All the best for your novel 🙂