I’d like to take a moment to thank friends and family who responded to yesterday’s post. Outreach and networking are indeed worth their singular and combined weight in gold. I have found what looks to be an incredibly accomplished group of book editors (thanks to my brother David’s efforts) and I intend to call and interview a few of them to see which are a match (that is when I decide upon the direction this journey is actually taking me in). Some of these experienced individuals also have ties to agents and/or publishers.
It’s good to take a breath or two and not feel as stressed as I did days ago – when I was subtly and perhaps subversively being pushed into a decision I was not ready to make. By slowing the process down, I have the time and wherewithal to do needed research and have further discussions about the field into which I am embarking and to which I am a novice.
It is more important to me to produce a good product than to produce a quick one, although I must admit the thought of my book being sold on Amazon is pretty seductive.
I am pulling myself away from the intoxication of immediate gratification and into the less intoxicating arena of hard work. Not that I haven’t already worked hard, I have, but I’m not done. Doing this properly will get me to the same place ultimately – a published book – but quick and thorough are not necessarily equivalent.
I feel strongly (viscerally) that this is the path to follow, and I’m thankful for the hiccup in plans and unhappy day it took to bring me here. Namaste.