So… I think you all resolutely deserve an update on my writing progress, especially considering how supportive you have all been despite my many (and lengthy!) absences from the World of WordPress.
My mum commented the other day that I hadn’t posted in a while, and while I like to think I have very good reasons for doing so, there are no real excuses! I do apologise for once again, taking another blog siesta.
Many of you know I want to be a published author more than anything, but the road to that goal has proved to be bumpy and precarious on many occasion. Despite this, I do hope I get around to publishing my novels one day, very soon!
Before I can start publishing, I have a few important things I need to figure out.
Firstly, what genre should I be writing in?
My conundrum is this: I love writing within multiple genres, namely crime/thrillers and romance/fantasy, yet I’ve been told many times that it’s not a good idea to stray into different genres. The cost? Losing valuable readers who expect a certain “product” from you.
Honestly, I’m still not sure what I’m going to do. At the very least, I know I will be sticking to the New Adult demographic. This is for two reasons: 1) I’m considered a “New Adult” myself and it… makes sense and 2) I’m not ashamed to admit that I love writing angsty romance stories with a magical twist – the type of books that appeal to this specific demographic (a.k.a write what you want to read!)
One of my “real-life” friends came up with a really good suggestion, an idea that I feel kind of silly for not coming up with myself. She told me I should promote both genres through my blog, but write under a pseudonym. I.e. Publish my fantasy/romance novels under “Milly Schmidt” and publish my thrillers under a different name.
But what type of professional editing do I need to invest in?
I’ve heard from various sources that a comprehensive line/copy edit is the bare minimum you should be considering if you ever want to be taken seriously as an author. I’m all ears on this one guys. If you have any advice at all, I’d love to hear it.
If I could afford it, I’d put my novels though the editing ringer. As it is, even a line/copy edit might be slightly out of reach for me, but I definitely want to do it.
Lastly, how many books should I finish before I start publishing?
I’m currently working on finishing a trilogy. Yes, three books! Though I sometimes wonder what I’ve gotten myself into…
The reason I’m doing this? A very successful indie author once told me I should have three books ready to go before you publish your first book. So that’s what I’m doing… lol.
The trilogy I’m working on is called Blood War, an urban fantasy trilogy that I’ve been working on for years (and the first book in the series has been rejected many times, but hey, why not publish it?) I’m also working on a few other novels, namely, a new adult thriller called When She Goes.
So much to do, so little time!
Whatever I decide to do, as always, you guys will be the first to know.
EDIT: Thanks to those of you who picked up that I forget to mention the type of publishing I’m talking about: which would be self-publishing 🙂