So now what?

I’m in a weird writing place right now. Unbroken Fire is set up for pre-orders (and honestly, it’s completely final, so there’s nothing left to do on it). Faded Embers is first draft complete, and unlike with my other books, I don’t have much desire to jump right into revising it. I’ve got one other WIP, but not much desire to work on it either.


While I’m not writing, I still need something to do, and I don’t want to leave the writing community completely. I’ve been tossing around a few ideas, but none sound appealing. I’m curious what others think!

Beta reading

I used to LOVE beta reading, but lately, it’s been tough. In the interests of not hurting anyone’s feelings, I’ll just say it’s not something I’m interested in doing more of in the near future–which kind of sucks, because I really did enjoy it.


I know this is something a lot of writers jump into once they’ve done a few books, but there are a few reasons I’m hesitant to make the leap. One, my company’s moonlighting rules. They aren’t insurmountable, but it is a problem I don’t feel like dealing with now. Two, I feel very strongly about not holding yourself out as an editor without the proper background–and mine’s not English. It’s certainly not editing. I can critique, and enjoy doing it, but wouldn’t feel right charging people right now. I don’t even own The Chicago Manual of Style! Developmental editing? Well . . . that’s a scary idea and goes back to my beta reading woes.


Something else writers love to jump into . . . book blogging. I’ll be honest, I love the idea of helping writers–especially indie authors–with exposure. But I can’t give them exposure with the blog readership I have now, and honestly, I’m a picky reader. Super-picky. If you’re not into editing before publishing, I’m probably going to put your book down. Don’t ask me to review it–because I’m not one of those readers who can overlook technical issues for a good story. If you write to market, it probably won’t keep my attention. If it’s outside a few very narrow genres, it probably won’t make it happy. If it’s too clean or too explicit, it won’t be something I’ll read.

And glass houses and all.

So with that said, I’m right back where I started–at the tail end of a bunch of projects and no desire to move forward with anything else. Am I off base not wanting to do any of these three options? Am I missing a fourth one? Let me know in the comments!

(And if you’re interested in pre-ordering Unbroken Fire for delivery on June 19, you can do that here.)


14 thoughts on “So now what?

  1. I think i understand where you are. I think part of the problem might be you want to take a break from the writing community all together and these each have some association to it. You could host some creative writing classes at a local library or, as mentioned above, mentor those interested in self publishing.

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    1. I think my issue is that I don’t want to let go of the community completely. Overall, it’s a confidence thing – unless I write the most amazing best-selling book ever, I feel like I don’t have any right to edit/critique/review. There are some other issues in all those categories (like the moonlighting I mentioned), but overall, that’s the problem, I think.

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  2. I’m not sure what to suggest. Honestly, I would maybe try another option and that is: Education. Even the BEST SELLER authors need to read non-fiction writing books to stay on top of their game. Maybe self-studying will help educate you better in terms of doing editing for others. As long as you are honest about your skills, maybe offer a 10 page sample edit for free to see if you’re a good match. There are always options, you just have to find what is interesting to you. Sadly, no one can tell you what to do. Advice: pick up some writing resource books, purchase books that DO hold your interest. Reading is always a good form of educating. ❤ I wish you the best in your decisions.


    1. Hmmm, good idea. I’ve been asked a few times to consider developmental editing, but with no background, I’ve been hesitant. I’m off to see if there are some books on it!


  3. My two cents: keep publishing stories! What you’ve accomplished in such a short time is incredible. You might be a little burnt out but I bet if you give yourself permission to rest for just a little while with zero expectations your muse might come knocking so loudly you can’t ignore it. You have so much life experience and such an analytical mind. I really hope you keep writing fiction. If you aren’t into a whole story, publish your short stories! Put everything you’ve got out into the world and keep creating!

    And I also hope you keep blogging about your experiences!

    Your cheerleader,


    1. My short stories weren’t well enough received to keep them up, so I’m not going to put more of them out there for criticism. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, after all.

      But burned out is right…though not with writing, exactly. I could sit down right now and knock out 1000 words on a WIP I love or edit Faded Embers a bit, but why? I need to figure out my place in the writing community first, because without tons of support from the right people, this thing is just painful.

      And I think that’s really where I’m at right now.

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      1. I didn’t know they weren’t well received. Hmm. Maybe releasing a few for free which might generate some buzz and draw in new readers? Maybe a few set in a different world? Maybe start an online group/book club with likeminded people? You know I’m a spitballer with no stop button, so feel free to ignore me!

        I think support from the right people will come to you if you know what you want and how to ask for it, which is my favorite quote from some romcom with Reese Witherspoon. Just keep trying. I’m invested in you now!

        Sending you clarity vibes.

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        1. They were released for free. 🙂 Actually put in Kindle Select so I could use those free days to drum up interest. Unfortunately, they drew the wrong people in. Or maybe just weren’t good enough – hard to tell. Betas said they were. Reviews said they weren’t. Writing is weird that way.

          I wish I could write in a different world, but I’m not creative enough. I know that sounds crazy, but…it’s totally true!

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          1. Interesting! Marketing stories is hard! And yes, people are all over the place in what they think and there are many trolls who can make you think that’s what everyone thinks when it isn’t.

            I think you could. You thought of an entire universe, dudette. But even if you write in the same one, you could write your whole life and still be coming up with unique and awesome content that your readers love because you built such a big setting.

            My hope is that you’ll expand your short stories into more novels in the AS universe but that’s my selfish opinion. 😀

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  4. You know, you could send some of the short stories to various Sci-Fi magazines and see if they like them. Be prepared for a level of rejection, but you do write good stuff and I reckon one of the magazines will pick up your stories.

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