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As a writer, I have to admit to being insecure more often than not. It’s nice to know there are others out there who feel the same way. If you have doubts, feel free to join others on this monthly blog hop. http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html
This week’s question: Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?
I had to deal with bitter disappointment this week when my novel Sworn to Protect wasn’t chosen for publication by Kindle Scout. I really thought I had a shot at it this time, but I was wrong. The biggest problem is that I don’t know why the book wasn’t chosen. I know it’s reader-directed publishing, but it would be nice to be given a reason. Maybe romance suspense isn’t what they’re after. The only author i do know who was accepted wrote horror. Is there more demand for that? I don’t do erotica, so i can’t say whether or not that was a factor. I just know I got a thanks, but no thanks.
I had a decision to make. What should I do? Did I believe the book was good? I did, and because I did, I went ahead and indie published it. Should I have sent it to a publisher? Maybe, but lately since my sales from my publisher books are no better than my indie ones, why give up the small royalty I get? I’ve already got a gorgeous cover which I love and edits were done at my expense, so where would be the benefit?
Before S & S took over Adams Media, my books were selling well, not blockbuster sales, but good enough to have a nice little check twice a year. But with the changeover, like many other Crimson Romance authors, sales have tanked. It’s discouraging to say the least. Being published by one of the Big 5 was supposed to be a boost to my writing career, but it’s had the exact opposite effect.
Have I thought of quitting? Definitely. I spend hundreds of hours on a book and for very little return. Could I spend my time doing something else? Definitely, but each time I decide this book will be the last, the ideas in my head refuse to let me walk away. They insist I put them down on paper and share them. So. that’s what I do. I open a new document and start again, hoping this time, I’ll have a winner. Isn’t that what all writers dream of?