It is time for my first August Insecure Writer's Support Group posting. If you would like to learn more about it, visit here...
I usually just answer the optional question, but since I can't give out advice since I am an aspiring writer, so I will share something else.
I just finished rechecking my manuscript. I found some chapters that haven't been titled yet, so that's all I have to do, then I am ready to tackle the publishing world. I know this is it after all of these years improving my writing skills, and now I made this book better I believe. I haven't really checked to see where to submit to yet because I wasn't at that stage. I normally do not share insecurities, but the uncertainty of everything can make anyone wonder. If I think about it too hard, it can make me doubt my writing altogether. I think it is caused by a fear of rejection.
I am currently not too picky where I publish my books at. I will settle for any country. But I know I have been overthinking everything, which has sort of kept me from going forward. I look at the Fantasy world, wondering if I built it enough.
I am aware of how hard it is to get published, but I will continue on the path to traditional publication. With all my research, I don't think self-publishing is best for me. I do know how harder it is to traditional publish. As I get closer, I have been a little brooding. If the United States agents and publishers don't work out, I will go elsewhere. I have already found an Estonian publisher, but I wasn't too sure about how safe it is to work there and possibly live there. I prefer to stay within countries that have a strong good relation between the US. I also try to avoid language barriers in book publishers. I already am learning Japanese, French, German, Arabic, Turkish, but I know more Russian.
Anyway, I've been taught to never quit no matter what. There have been days where I did want to quit trying to be an established writer, and do something more in business, but I was told I can do both. So that's what I'll do. I learned years ago that being a writer is considered a business like industry. When I wanted to quit, my family encouraged me to continue. I appreciate their support, for my family has been the only support I had and I really needed. I know it is not easy writing and publishing. I believe my main reason why I considered giving up was my doubts if my writing was any good at all.
Another thing on my path to publication, yes I have stated many times, my pen name and author brand is a Native American theme. I did this in order to bring awareness to the Native American culture in a respectful way. I know under this name, I have an obligation not to mess up anything. Oh sure, I could have picked something from my own culture, but I wanted something that can fit the first book I'm publishing too. Recently, I spoken to a Native American who thought it was a great thing I was doing, representing the Native American community in my writing. He gave me a proverb which basically said, I should share my story. The longer the story, especially in a book length, the better the story.
I cannot share any advice, but I am always receiving advice, for I am the knowledge seeker. As the knowledge seeker, I am always in search to expand my knowledge on the things that interest me. I've done fine getting the information I need on my own and through observing human beings.