Friday, January 24, 2014
Friday Chat: the tough choices when it comes to our writing
My writing career has been full of lots of ups and downs. One of the biggest decisions I had to make was whether or not to go with a small press back when I first signed with MuseItUp. Now, there's tons of info out there on either side of this debate, but this was the choice I made and for the most part it's been good for me. I definitely wish I had more marketing skills, but I do what I can.
Another tough choice I had to make recently was when my normal editor for the Sary books had an accident that led to me being reassigned in the middle of revisions on my next release, Surrender the Sky. I suddenly ended up with a new editor in the middle of a book and series. And, well, I knew from our first email exchange that this was going to be different. My general response to anything like this is to be nice and just deal--nothing comes from making waves for minor things. But then I got my comments back for my next round. And I knew this was just not going to work. We had very different views on many things and while there were some really good points she made, which I was happy to work with, there were others that just made clear to me that our differences in how this book worked
I felt bad. I still do. I asked to be reassigned to another editor. It was a really tough choice for me. But I honestly think it's better to work with an editor who likes your book, at least on some level. Sure, someone else can edit it and help out, but finding someone to work with who wants to spend some time in the world you've created is also important. Otherwise, well, it's just going through the motions and there's nothing of the magic that is writing.
In some ways, I'm glad. The whole situation stressed me out like crazy. And I realized that I really didn't need that. I stood up for myself and my books. I don't want something like this to reflect poorly on me or my book or my writing, but sometimes tough choices have to be made. This was just a recent one in a few crazy years of being a published author :)
How about you--what kinds of tough choices have you had to make as an author? Or just in general?