I just finished writing as well as going through my first edit of my first novel. And I have to say that I have been a little hesitant on fixing the corrections because I am not sure what the next step after that should be. I mean, obviously, I will have to do a couple more edits to try and perfect it but then after all of that is done...what’s the next step?
Do I send it out to get published?
Do I just publish it myself?
Or do I keep it in the closet and start to work on other story ideas?
I am just not sure where to go after that which is why the editing process has taken so long. What if other people don’t like it? There will, for sure, be people out there that don’t like it but do I want it to be in the public or do I want to keep it to myself?
I have wanted to publish this book for a while and I have been telling myself for the past two years that if no one else wants to publish it then I was going to publish it myself but then a friend of mine told me that I shouldn’t publish it myself because I will regret it.
The reason why he said not to do it myself was because he published his own novel ten years ago and he regrets doing it. He says that he wished that he would have continued writing his other story ideas and then he would have come back to the first one.
I do have a few other story ideas that I would love to get started on but at the same time I cannot leave a project in the middle and start another one. I am a firm believer in you finish what you start and you try and achieve your goals. I think that they bring you one step closer to your dreams and what you want to accomplish on your life.
So now talking to him (and I consider him a good friend) I am rethinking what I want to do.