This morning I went and submitted a story to a literary magazine. It always feels so good to have a story finished and ready for submission, but the moment I hit that send button all of the anxiety comes crashing in. I think every writer gets that effect or something like that. I am pretty proud of this piece and I think it stands a decent enough chance, but I thought the same thing about my last piece as well. I do think my writing is getting better though so even if I receive another rejection letter I will be okay.
On another note, the editing on Alone is going well. I have almost finished the middle third and then it will be onto the home stretch. Of course this is just the first edit. I look at my friend Steve Umstead and see how he cranked out three excellent books in just over a year and think to myself, “damn, how the hell does he do that?” I spent the better part of a year working on alone and I’ve been editing the first draft for four months still. I may be lucky enough to actually have it finished by this summer at the rate I’m going.
Balancing writing and editing has become a bit of a challenge for me right now. I am keeping up with my daily 100 and a few other blogs here and there, but that is about it on the writing front. Everything else is editing. I look at this year and see another novel (written during NaNoWriMo) waiting for an edit and rewrite, 2012’s NaNoWriMo and of course I would like to get some more short pieces written and submitted along the way. Add to all of that the sequel for Alone and I have a lot on my plate. Is it too much?
On a related front, I have started thinking about book covers. More specifically I have been thinking about the cover art. If I end up going the self-published route, where the heck do I find good cover art that I can afford? I am not artistic by any stretch and I am not nearly clever or crafty enough to put something together. I want the covers to look good and that usually means higher cost. Are there any other Indie authors out there who might offer up some advice?