In recent months, I have been trying to decide if the book I have been working on is going to be my last published novel. I have grown tired of self-publishing and the challenges it brings having to do everything myself. But after spending months thinking about it, I have made my decision. Dominion Lost will be my last self-published novel. I am ready to try traditional publishing. Finally.
I have self-published long enough and feel that the only way I will find out if I have what it takes to be a good writer is to take a leap of faith and go for it. After self-publishing five books I am ready to try this. I honestly do not know if I can find a literary agent who will want to work with me, but I will never know unless I try. The reason I have never tried this before is that I was in too much of a hurry to get my books out there to the public. But what good is this doing me if I cannot market myself?
Every Author knows that it can take a long time to get a publishing deal unless you are just plain lucky. Is the wait worth it? Yes, it is and I am no longer in a hurry to publish. With four novels under my belt and a fifth on the way, I do not have to rush anymore. I did not have to, to begin with. The only one starting the timer on this was me. Putting unnecessary pressure on myself every year for a small audience that will always have an overabundance of books to read in the world. People know my work in America and overseas but not enough to make a huge name for myself. I am not looking for fame or even fortune, but I would like to gain a wider audience. Hey, do not get me wrong, I want millions of book sales too just like any other author but I do not wish to be the next J.K Rowling. She is a great author but I could not manage that kind of fame.
I am in my mid-fifties and not getting any younger. My bones are already starting to get a little creaky and getting old sucks. I would like to see at least one novel of mine become traditionally published. It has always been a personal dream. I just do not want to feel like all my hard work has been for nothing. I have been paying my dues since 2016 when I published my first novel so before I die, I want to try and make that dream happen.
I have completed the second draft of Dominion Lost and am currently in the editing phase now. Editing is such a long and boring process that I have already begun trying to decide what I will write about next. I have always hated editing and this marks the first time I am editing my novel instead of hiring a professional. Hopefully, it goes well.
I am looking forward to taking you on my journey to finding an agent, query writing, and the waiting process of traditional publishing after I complete my sixth novel in the very near future. I have no current ideas yet but when I do, it will be different than anything I have ever written and you will be the first to know about it.
Until next time.
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Best of luck to you!
Thank you. 😊
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