Having Options

4년 전

This post was co-published at talanhorne.com.

On my publication journey, I've found it useful to have many irons in the fire.

Oh, those poor cows.

Until an agent asks for exclusivity (usually by requesting the full manuscript), I have the luxury of keeping my options open.

In other words, I can build bridges with a lot of different people...for the moment.

And that can be useful if progress halts in one potential direction. It's not so much a hedge against failure as it is a buffer to protect me from bad days when I can't see any way forward. And I've got to admit: it feels nice to have several people interested in your book at the same time.

And Other Irons in Other Fires

Work on the next book is going well, also. The beginning is always the hardest part, of course. I have trouble figuring out who these people are until I've forced myself to live with them for a while. But it's going to be something amazing, and I can't until I can put this one on the market.

Recent photograph of the actual book publishing market.

I'm not going to say that I'm sure of anything, or even that I'm hopeful. But I can say that I'm happy with the work, in a way I haven't been before. I've been at it long enough that it seems normal, even natural, to be getting more opportunities with some pretty amazing people.

Not Done Yet

I'm sorry I can't give more specifics. So much could be said for individual agents and agencies---their unique approaches to the industry, their personal philosophies and preferences about books, the kinds of experiences I've had with each of them---that it would be fascinating to explore in detail and helpful to record all those details here.

But a certain amount of discretion is called for. Writing books may be an art, but publishing them is largely a business. And in business, it's often best to not tell people what you're doing until you've done it. That way, you can always answer their questions with examples of your success.

It might not be a lot of fun to play the waiting game, but, like I said, I've begun to be happy while doing it. I find myself unafraid of whatever might happen and more eager than ever to greet whatever is ahead of me.

This is exactly the feeling I want to have when I arrive.

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It's great that you are not stick to one plan! A good advice to the life also! Until you find a right publisher it's better keep things open and it might demand your writings as well!


Wow it's really good writing dear.Really interesting news sir.
Thanks for share dear.

I find myself unafraid of whatever might happen...

Let’s be positive and hope the outcome will eventually be positive.
Photo looks great!

great job sir . the great article.
good knowledge about for writing and it's very difficulty.
Thanks @talanhorne
Have a wonderful day.

@talanhorne, yep...we don't believe for every thing but need to believe our works and activities. Glad to see your positive parts here.

Better to seeing your professional writing. Great experience shared to your followers.

It's most powerful publication journey you've.
I know your journey will go top of the mountain. Best ideas shared about business.

It's great to enjoy your writing style and think, the experience has brought you a professional writer.

Excellent writing my dear friend and your writing skills are like a professional writer. Thank you very much for sharing with us

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That is Excellent article and professional writing . Such a great experience & interesting .
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Excellent review, my friend and you are absolutely right, you should not talk about what is not ready yet and I wish you success and inspiration! Thank you @talanhorne

@talanhorne - Sir it's a good article & we all can get a valuable lesson trough it too Sir... I wish we can hear that big news of your book publication Sir... Nice you decided to share your experience Sir...


Hello @talanhorne,

Extraordinary good article & incredible writing of your life experience of being an Author & waiting to see the success of that career.


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No matter you follow lots of directions until they all leads to the success end. Good luck.

good decision to rely on few options than rely on 1 option. hope to see the successful story & excellent to see your writings. @talanhorne

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Wishing you all the best, especially your book publication to get finalized soon. It’s taking a long time, but I can see it’s progressing. The photo of the actual book publishing market looks really amazing.

Wao wonderful and interesting writing.Your writing skills are so impressive.Your are a wonderful writer.Thanks for sharing.Wonderful photography.

I can say that I'm happy with the work, in a way I haven't been before. I've been at it long enough that it seems normal, even natural, to be getting more opportunities with some pretty amazing people.

Work with positive feelings always provides competitive outcomes. Nice to hear you enjoy by your works.

It's good to hear you're flooding the contents to different publishers & waiting to hear positive feed back from one of them. Excellent article & valuable input with strategy to all authors.

Very interesting writing & publishing advice. you are awesome @talanhorne

A really wonderful trip, dear
Very special photography, my friend

There are so many valuable publications for every steemians.
You every time given massive imagine to community. Great job @talanhorne.

Amazing blog post sir i always enjoys reading your blogs a lot,thank you.

writing book is not just an art its all about expressing that art to each and everyone definitely not everyone cup of tea