Recently my first novel was published and that has been a wonderful event! I’ve been on an intense learning curve ever since.
The writer’s world no longer resembles what one imagined- the writer sitting at the computer and churning out page after page of prose. That may be the most pleasurable part. Then what happens is editing. Of course, every writer knows editing and rewriting are essential parts of the process. Now to add to that, there is copywriting and proofreading. Years ago when I lived in New York I was a proofreader and though it wasn’t the most exciting job, it was necessary. These days the writer must submit a ready perfect text. Apparently, proofreading is a profession like so many others that has fallen by the wayside.
There are too many to count. Do you remember when travel agents found the best deals for you and you didn’t spend hours on every internet site comparing flight prices and trying to figure out the best day to book a trip? When you didn’t have to check out your own groceries? When someone pumped gas and cleaned windshields?
After my novel came out, there was something new that has entered my life. Marketing. I almost need an MBA to figure out how to keep my novel from totally disappearing. Even large publishing houses can leave a big part of that up to the writer. At a book fair I was next to a writer whose publisher paid for only half of his book tour. Will that leave only the independently wealthy or the extremely lucky able to write? I don’t have large expectations for my novel. I only hope that readers may enjoy it and perhaps find something in it that has some relevance to their lives.
Here’s a link to a flash fiction piece that just came out: