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!
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.)