Writing is hard. Some people get that. Other people don’t… and then proceed to tell you about the children’s book they are going to write someday. But that’s not what my complaint today is about. Writing is hard, but publishing is hard too. I’m not sure if I should even bring this up, but lately I feel like a lot of people in the non-book world are wondering what’s taking me so long to get a book published.
It was almost four years ago when I started telling the world that I wanted to be a writer. I probably wasn’t even confident enough to use those words, but I started prioritizing my writing. And I took what was largely a private hobby and started talking about it as a potential career.
And I get it, four years is a long time. But in learning how to write/publishing time it actually feels pretty short. There’s an abandoned manuscript, an MFA degree, four drafts of a new book, querying, choosing and agent, making revisions in those four years. And yeah, I wish I could tell everyone that having an agent means I’ll have a book out next Fall or the next Fall or even the next next Fall. But that’s not how it works, at least not for most people.
I get that people are just interested and don’t understand the industry. It’s just sometimes hard not to feel like a failure when people ask, so when is your book coming out? Because I end up thinking maybe never.
Really not an overwhelming problem, just something I’ve noticed lately. Also…even though I said I’d only say one complaint. Another thing that REALLY bugs me is when I tell people that I write YA and they respond by telling me how rich I’m going to be. This happened all the time in grad school from people writing literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. And someone said that to me last week. It’s like insinuating that I’m only writing YA for the money – also it’s not true. It’s not like writing YA means I’m going to automatically get Twilight or Hunger Games money.
Okay. Rant over. Really had being negative on this blog. But I also know how useful I’ve found other writers talking about insecurities and problems. Have either of these things happened to any writers out there? Do you have any writing woes or pet peeves right now? I’d love to commiserate in the comments!