Seems like this quote perfectly describes most writers' journeys through the world of publishing. At least it describes mine to a T. It's been five years since my first book was published by a small press. Five years of "adjusting my sails" to find my place in this industry. Of course the actual writing began many, many years before that. Clear back in high school when I sat down to work on my first novel. I had no clue what was in store for me...
Signing with a small press five years ago realized my dream of becoming a published author. I'll be forever grateful The Wild Rose Press gave a newbie author a shot and got me started. I wrote several more books with them, learning and growing as an author, before it occurred to me that being published wasn't enough. I actually wanted to sell books, and that didn't seem to be happening.
So, I adjusted my sails and went the self-pub route. I found it rewarding to control every aspect of the process from edits to covers to formatting. Challenging but rewarding. And I also had a little more success with sales. Better, but not what I really wanted.
So I made another adjustment to those danged sails and signed with an agent who landed me a contract for a three book series with the digital imprint of a major publisher~Kensington. Ironically, the first book in the series was that very first book I published with the small press. I had taken my rights back and done some major rewrites then changed the title. There were characters in that book who needed to have their own stories told. I got the chance with this series, Who's Watching Now. Every Move She Makes releases on March 31 and is currently available for pre-order. The second book in the series, Every Step She Takes, will be out in July.
So, is my sail adjusting over? Maybe. Maybe not. We'll see how sales go with this series. I have my sights set on a print contract. Seeing my books in bookstores was my original goal all those years ago when I put pen to paper (literally) back in high school. I expect I'll have to navigate some choppy waters to reach it. And if that doesn't happen...well, I'll adjust my sails and set a new course. You never know where it might lead!
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