As a few of you know, I’ve been struggling recently with all things publishing related and wondering where I go from here. I’ve done a lot of soul searching these past few weeks trying figure it out.
The first thing I’ve realised for sure is that self-publishing is not for me. I miss the support having a publisher gives you. I’ve only self-published seriously twice, but both times it’s been a bad experience for me and really knocked me flat confidence-wise. My mental health has suffered, and to be honest it’s not worth it for me at all. (The fact that I don’t enjoy going it alone has really surprised me, because honestly usually I love doing things on my own and in my own way–I run my own business and I love being in control–but something about the process of creating stories makes me need to hand the publishing process over to someone else to be able to deal with it successfully.)
The second thing is not something new (I realised this a long time ago)—my writing doesn’t fit easily into the romance genre as it currently exists. That isn’t a problem. But it means publishing with small romance publishers who publish mainly m/m romance probably isn’t the best fit for me. Ultimately, I’m not a fan of current classifications. And most of what I write is YA anyway—queer, romance-y YA, but I’m happy for it to just be called YA.
Thirdly, I love writing. I can’t imagine not doing it. And I like sharing it. I’ve considered going back to free sites like fictionpress, and publishing work there, but when I think about my goals, earning something from writing is one of them. And if I don’t earn anything from what I write, I’ll have to cut back my writing time significantly. Which leads onto the fourth thing….
Patreon. I’ve been a patron of several artists for a while. And I really enjoy being a part of their processes. I’ve looked at sites like Go Fund Me but I prefer the interactiveness and flexibility of Patreon. So, I’ve set up an account. If you’re interested in supporting my writing journey, you can find me here.
And finally, there’s something I’ve not had the confidence to try before, and that is to seek representation by a literary agent. With an agent, I’d hopefully have greater publishing options and support—which is definitely something I need. So, my main goal this year is to try hard to get my confidence up to do that.
Over and out^^