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*I didn't know we were supposed to share a bit of ourselves! I am a stay-at-home mom of 5; ages ranging from 18 to 2! I love every one of my children and find my teenagers just as adorable as my toddler. I'm weird that way! I started writing since 9 and have written over 10 books, but only 1 is published! :P
Yesterday, I happened across this email to a good friend, and was flabbergasted about how stressed I was 3 years ago over my first book's release. I had forgotten so much! I thought I'd share it because I know I am not the only one who's gone through this.
Happy IWSG day!
Happy IWSG day!
I'm grateful that the Lord has led me to my little publisher, it has taught me a lot about what being a writer is once published. My spirituality has been strong. I always put the Lord first, then my family, then myself. Always. There's never been a question on what should come first.
Since my book was accepted by this little publisher, my priorities have tremendously shifted! I've been working overtime to promote my book as much as I can so much to the point that it's mentally drained me. I find it overbearing to take in more than that--a simple thing such as visiting teaching seems to tip my entire balance to a screaming level of no-can-dos because of how mentally exhausted I am from working hard for my book.
You can imagine how this has upset my family balance as well as my spirituality. I've been making eternal choices that would've appalled myself a year back because my head isn't in the right place right now and I find it terrifying now!
I find it stressful to know that my book isn't where books are sold everywhere and wish it was, having to scurry about to see if other libraries or small bookstores--even a distributor--would carry my book. My current book has some grammar mistakes, which I know wouldn't be there if my publisher had done a better job at editing.
I'm losing myself in here! I wonder if it's because I'm resisting my 'fate' as an author to a small publisher, or if it's my spirit calling out for help, that this isn't for me anymore.
I'm bringing this to you to see how being a published author is like for a big publisher. Do you find yourself constantly worrying about promoting your book on an hourly basis? What's the most thing you have to worry about as an author--outside life excluded?
I wonder if I'm being foolish for thinking about withdrawing from my small publisher and plunging into the query world again for my current book. My spirituality is suffering because I'm spreading myself out way too thin. Oh, how I admire self-published authors because they have the guts to take on the entire war all by themselves. I'm finding out very fast that I'm not that kind of person, it isn't me--being in a small indie publishing company as I am in now.
I'd love to hear your thoughts, what you might recommend for me and how to go about doing what you feel I should do--I really need some insight. I've been praying and asking my husband for blessings over my circumstances. Or am I just being ungrateful?