Today’s prompt is: What did you change your mind about this year?
This is a hard one, because there’s lots of things I’ve changed my mind about! Study, career options, publishing, money – the list goes on.
I’m gonna go with the publishing thing. Setting out into a career of writing, self-publishing wasn’t even on my radar. As I began to connect with more writers, I began to understand that self-publishing was ‘a thing’.
The first writer to really introduce me to this is Joy Findlay, who’s also a children’s author. You can read her blog here, which has fantastic info about the publishing world – especially if you’re in New Zealand. (Also, if you’re reading this, Joy, we’re overdue for a coffee!). At that point, I’d decided I’d go hybrid – work my way into traditional publishing, and self-publish on the side.
It was not to be.
After talking to JC Hart and Richard Parry (both of whom have just released books, so do have a look and see if it’s your cuppa tea) I realised that the reasons I was seeking traditional publishing were a) prestige, and b) validation. Neither of which are compelling reasons to choose one method over the other.
Enter independent publishing, and ‘doing the self-publishing dance’, as Michael Litzky tweeted. It’s about freedom, control, and fun.
I’m so glad I’ve chosen this path, even if it is just because I’m a control-freak.