I submitted the short not because I wanted to write young adult sci-fi, but because the opportunity came up. I couldn’t resist testing the waters. Not only was Time Piece accepted and included in the One More Day anthology, it received some positive reviews.
Encouraged, I tried a fantasy and submitted to Roane Publishing. All this effort was to make my bones and to learn about the industry. I thought I was getting somewhere. I had a list of published works and a better understanding of what was expected of me.
I’ve moved on to writing longer works. Unfortunately, it takes time to write, polish, and submit them. And if each year I keep losing publishers, I’ll lose the head way I’ve made so far.
And here’s the rub: If I go too fast, I won’t produce a decent work and I’ll lose the few fans I have. I’m feeling a fair amount of pressure to get something else out in the writing world.
So I have had to bottom line it for myself.
My confidence is waning. What do you to keep your chin up? If you have the time, I sure could use a pep talk right about now.