As a pre-published author, you can write for yourself. Well, that’s not really true, because I’m sure you’re considering your target audience, but you choose your topic, your genre, whatever you want.
Literary agent Michael Bourret blogged about the pre-published author a few weeks ago. I read his post and found myself agreeing more and more, until at the end I was nodding and thinking, “He nailed it.”
Just a small snippet: “The time before you’re published is the most important part of an author’s career.”
If you haven’t read the article, you should. He goes on to say that sometimes after an author has published a book, they’re not creatively free. And at the end, he advises to enjoy this pre-published part of the journey too.
So that’s my advice today also. If you’re not under a deadline, writing a book your publisher wants you to write, if you’re sitting down and struggling through your MS, if you get to make every single choice, then enjoy that.
Enjoy the creative freedom you have. Enjoy the process. Enjoy today. And remember that your journey is your own, and it’s impossible to compare it to anyone else’s.
What do you think? Are you enjoying your creative freedom at this stage of the game? If not, how can you start doing that? And if you’re a published author, do you agree with Mr. Bourret?
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