It's my birthday today, so naturally my thoughts have turned to what the next year may have in store.
And it occurred to me that, as well as thinking 'I hope I get an agent,' 'I hope I get a deal', I was also thinking 'I hope I make good decisions. I hope that if neither of my queries this year are successful, I don't rush to self-publish something substandard. I hope I can overcome my tendancy to overuse the letter S.'
The landscape is opening up for writers. I can only speak for myself, but I still want an agent, a book deal and a publishing house. If I can't get those things, self-publishing is an option I'm happy to explore. But when you're facing writing a query - which I've never done, and am quite nervous about - and then sending it off, waiting for a reply, facing rejections, and then if you are lucky enough to get an agent, facing more submission and rejection as your novel does the rounds of publishers - well, it may be what I dream of, but it's also scary as hell.
And this morning I thought to myself: 'Whether or not I have a book out in the next year could be entirely my decision. I could bypass all that and do it myself.'
A reasonable thought. Writers the world over are having the same thought. And when you look at success stories, like Catherine Ryan Howard and Talli Roland, it looks tempting (although, as I'm sure those two fabulous ladies would attest, not easy).
But at the moment, it is not the right decision for me, because I would be doing it solely because I'm a lazy cow who doesn't want to write a query letter at the moment :)
I hope I make the right decisions, but I also hope I make them at the right time and for the right reasons. Laziness is, sadly, not a good reason. . .
Are any of you guys facing, or hoping to face, big decisions in the next 12 months? How confident are you that you'll make the right choice?