I've written four books. With the first two I was in a hurry to get them out into the world and self-published immediately. Of course, once they were out there for all to see, I started finding things in them that I wanted to change. The more I learned about writing, the more I wished I had not put them out there so soon. I pulled them from the internet and set them aside to revise later.
With each book I feel that my writing has improved. There is always room for more improvement, but I am starting to see my writing style develop. The book I'm working on now (#5) is probably the most honest writing I have done yet, and I am very excited about it. Still, I won't be publishing it any time soon. It still needs a lot of work.
The other day I stumbled onto Book 4. It had been my favorite before I started the new book, and I almost jumped into self-publishing it as soon as I had finished. I didn't do it, though. I waited. I approached a few literary agents and tried to do the standard publishing thing, but I didn't push it. Something told me to wait. I started other projects and forgot about it.
I was nervous to read it again. I remembered being proud of my work, and I didn't want to read it now and feel disappointed. I'm my own worst critic and rarely feel good about my work, so I knew it might not go well. I started reading it, and I was pleasantly surprised. It needs a little tweaking here and there, but I still like it. I've added it to my project list, and other than the new book, it has become my focus right now. The revising is minimal, and my writing style is definitely present. I'm excited.
The plan right now is to finish revising it and approach a few small publishers. If that doesn't pan out, I will self-publish this one and market it myself. It's the first book that I have had a specific marketing strategy for, and I feel good enough about it to put in the effort needed to get it out into the world.
Em is a writer, theatre director, and hiker. She likes mixing horror with magical realism and adding sci-fi twist.