It’s been a while. I think I begin most blog posts that way. Many of you may be familiar with my motto: I don’t post anything unless I have something to say. Everyone’s time is important, so why waste it writing about nothing or reading about nothing?
While I haven’t updated the blog much, I have been busy–pinky swear.
I started querying Mage Breaker about 14 months ago. I’m sad to say it has gained zero traction. I did have a full manuscript request from a publisher but apparently wrote myself out of that possibility somehow.
I’m also querying my newest project, The Last Available. I just started so I haven’t had time to become disillusioned with that yet. Fingers crossed!
I’m also working on a new project which, like Mage Breaker and The Last Available, will deviate from my normal fantasy writing. This one’s dark and gritty and full of sweary goodness. It’s a refreshing change from the other projects, but I think I say that about every project. I’m writing it slowly as I tighten up The Last Available, and I’m ecstatic about where it’s going. Being a pantser, while I do know how it’s going to end, I’m excited to see how reaches its conclusion.
The only real insight I have these days is about just how terrible the publishing industry appears to be and, as an extension, how grueling and terrible most entertainment and art-related processes are. Talent and skill often aren’t enough to get where you want to be but, rather, who you are or who you know.
And most authors who are lucky enough to sign a publishing contract don’t get paid what they deserve. It’s a lot of work and emotional distress for a miniscule payout in most cases.
The ray of sunshine in all of this is that self-publishing exists. And, yeah, it’s hard because you’re basically running a business that really has almost zero chance of paying the bills. Most authors are aware of this and we write because we WANT to. Sales are great and we always strive for them but, honestly, it’s just nice to have an achievable outlet for our creativity.
It’s a bit of a downer, but it’s what’s been on my mind lately, especially with it being “Indie April.” I don’t plan to stop writing and I’ll probably continue querying just to see what’s possible. But I’m 100% okay with self-publishing everything I write if that means readers will be able to consume my art.