Well, it's the last IWSG post of 2016 and what a year it has been. The IWSG posts every first Wednesday of the month. Check us out here. Our co-hosts for December are Jennifer Hawes, Jen Chandler, Nick Wilford, Juneta Key, JH Moncrieff, Diane Burton, and MJ Fifield!
The IWSG question this month is a big one: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?
My instinct is to give a long sarcastic laugh, because five years ago, my answer would've been "write something, get an agent, get published." Also, because I hate questions like this. What's the phrase,
"People make plans and God laughs"?
I'd still like to get an agent and be trade published, because frankly, the connections, pay, and exposure are still bigger in the trad publishing realm more so than the self publishing realm, particularly for my genre.
But...there's also the Libbie Hawker method. She writes indie historical fiction in a variety of time periods and subgenres; some of them are published through an Amazon arm, Lake Union Publishing. In my case, while I finish a complete novel, I'm going to keep writing and releasing novellas and short stories on my own. And we'll see if I can stop being tired for a second in order to finish this ridiculous novel.
In the meantime, I decided to stop limiting myself to just Amazon--Pearl is now available on Kobo, B&N, and iBooks, so if you're so inclined, do check it out or spread the word if you know someone who might be interested.