Getting Started

So I’ve had this blog for a couple of months, but I haven’t really done anything with it so far. I suppose I’ve been a little hesitant to start a new blog when I already have one going, but the aim here is for a professional, clean presentation that will (hopefully) give people a clue of what I’m all about.

My goal for this year is to first finish my novel, which is currently in its fourth rewrite. Once I get that out of the way, it’ll be onward to getting published. Accounts vary on the difficulty I’ll experience in that department. I’ve been in touch with multiple people in the industry and several successfully published authors, and it really seems like it might not be as daunting as I originally thought. If this book turns out the way I’d like, and it seems to be shaping up that way, then I think I’ll have something very solid and presentable for an agent to sell. After that first hurdle, I imagine a lot of the work will be behind me, and it’ll simply be down to writing another book. I’m so excited to get this one out of the way.

Don’t get me wrong–it’s a joy to write. But it’s also a tremendous headache. I’m not sure what other authors experience as far as this is concerned, but the sheer volume of notes I’ve taken regarding the background and history of my novel are rivaling the novel itself. But it’s absolutely necessary. This isn’t a book about a place anyone has ever been to before: everything has to be laid out and explained. But in an exciting and interesting way! And I don’t want to be a snob, but after reading what the competition is putting out–i.e., what’s up on the main page of the New York Times bestseller list–I don’t think I’ll have trouble standing out. Or maybe it’ll be too radical! Maybe I’m destined only to be appreciated after my time.

In any case, everything is moving forward. Including this website. It’ll be my new goal to stay up to date with relevant industry news and blog about it here, and hopefully to start connecting with other authors in the area. I’m really looking forward to this journey, and I can’t wait to hold my finished book in my hand. What a wonderful thing to be creating, to be a part of.

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