Writing is always a leap of faith. Do I dare call myself an author if I’ve never published? How about if I’ve never completed my manuscript? Is my stuff good enough to show (a) a friend (b) another author, especially one already published (c) an agent, or (d) an editor? Did I waste my time writing this book?
Okay, for the next 400 words, let me be your life coach and inspire you to answer those questions this way:
Yes. Yes. Yes. And no. In exactly that order. Here’s why:
First, the Yeses…
Yes–that is, if you are willing to put in the sweat equity to not only write your book, but do what you can to get it out into the world.
But just as you would with a child, you want to give it every chance to survive.
This means creating compelling characters. It also means honing its story arc so that it flows easily from an intriguing beginning, to a middle which is built by increasingly engrossing scenes, and giving it an ending with a satisfying climax.
This means telling your story, simply but also in a manner that enthralls your readers so that they must turn the page…and the next…and the next…
Okay now for the one question that deserves a no…
Did I waste my time writing that book?
In this current publishing era, any book you wrote, which for whatever reason may not have worked for your editor — or for that matter, any other editor who may have received it as a submission — may still have a chance to see the light of day, as a