Draft numbers 2 and 3 of a short story were completed this weekend.
The premise deals with a nobleman's treatment of a traitor, and how sometimes the ends, even if they justify the means, don't make those means any less terrible for those who must enforce them. There is a mild twist that I think is fairly inevitable but help really sell that message.
Now I need to let it sit for another week, before I take a last peek for any over arching flaws. Once that happens I'll bring my story with me to my writing group, and try to avoid defending my work/throwing up all over the tables. Frustrating, scary, exhilarating, insane. And of course fun.
Fun writing oriented link of the day: An agent-turned-writer, Nathan Bransford, likes to talk out loud to the internet about his feelings on traditional versus self publishing. Today's post from him is just another in a long line of the debate many authors have with themselves and each other these days.
While I am still unpublished an almost every sense of the word, I do still feel that working with a publisher, at least for now, is still the best route for success for most writers. Given most writers write for extra money rather than making a career out of it, traditional publishers offer the most help in getting their work to the most people with the least amount of sacrifice in time. Self publishing is incredibly time consuming, and mentally draining by most of the accounts I read.
But what do I know? Amanda Hocking and J.A. Konrath both spent a great deal of time and energy cultivating their name and craft, and both took very different paths when offered a choice on how to proceed with their career.
Both appear to have made the right choices for them, but I just don't think I have enough time between work and family and writing to effectively market my work without a publisher. Do you all have any thoughts?