Feb 1, 2010

Life Changes

My life has gone through some abrupt and large changes lately. Unfortunately not the kind of changes I would prefer. (AKA Getting "The Call" and becoming a widely known author) but I am now forced to adjust.

Adjusting can be difficult. Even when it is adjusting to the changes that we DO prefer.

So then the question swarmed through my mind, "How will I adjust to the changes that come with publishing?"

Wow! Big question!

I'm used to being a writer. I'm used to writing my novels for me. I'm used to agonizing over query letters. I'm used to my heart breaking over rejection.

But...

How will I get used to having an agent? How will I get used to finding a publisher? How will I get used to finally fulfilling my dream!?!?

These are going to be some pretty big life changes. And don't get me wrong, I am SOOOOO ready for them. If they want to pile up on me tomorrow, it's all good!

But do you ever ask yourself these questions? Do you ever wonder HOW your life will changes when you finally reach success?

Are you ready?

17 comments:

Jonathon Arntson said...

Yes, the big sparkley dream a lot of us writers come up with certainly masks the fear we have of what happens after. So you get that call from the agent...now what?

I have a tendency to say the wrong thing at the wrong time; I actually have fear about my conversations with phantom agents over this!

Jeez, get a grip, Jon.

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Oh, yes, this is exactly one reason why I so rarely query. The first is that I don't feel my writing is ready, but I'm not sure my family is ready for me to be busier than ever with my writing, either.

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

Its kind of scary to think Im here now and soon I could be over there in unknown territory but its exciting and when it happens Im sure you'll adjust-you'll have to and you'll want to! It'll be great!

Katie Ganshert said...

I'm ready! Bring it!

Kelly Lyman said...

Wow. This is deep for Monday morning! I've actually never really thought about it until now. I think my greatest fear of finally reaching success is that once I find my agent and a publisher and my novel is actually in the stores, that it will be a huge flop, That people will hate it and I'll have to bury my head in the sand.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Bring. It. On! I am so ready. :-)

Karen said...

For me, the worrisome part is the time factor. I already feel like I'm a chicken running around with its head cut off. But I'd adjust. :)

Danyelle said...

I do sometimes ask myself these questions. And I've come to the realization that getting the agent in the first place is probably the easiest thing about the whole process. It gets a lot harder after that. >.<

Patti said...

I definitely think about that and my insecurities raise their ugly head while I wonder if I'll be able to do it.

Valerie said...

I do think about that. I think about how once I sell a book, I won't have all this free time to decide what kind of story I want to write next, or the freedom to write whatever I want because I'll be working on edits for the book that's coming out and on building my "brand". Not that I will mind having to do those things, but it will definitely be a change!

Simon C. Larter said...

My life'll probably look about the same. Except I might be able to afford better vodka. I mean, the kids aren't going to care that I got published unless it means better birthday presents, right? :)

But switching to Chopin vodka would be nice.

Kimberly Job said...

I'm on the brink--my book comes out March 2010. Sometimes I can't sleep at night because I'm so nervous.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Praying that every part of this journey will be full of joy

Tawnya said...

I think that about my Bachelor's degree, am I really ready for this? I also thought that through my Associate Degree too. Once I had that sucker in my hot little hands, it kind of went away. Good luck!

Jessica said...

Oh yeah, I def. think about this. It makes the waiting easier, knowing I might not be ready. (but it won't stop me from querying, lol)

Natalie said...

The more I see of publishing, the more I think it won't change my life one way or another. Sure there might be deadlines to meet, but in the end your agent and editor aren't much different than beta readers (really good beta readers).

Mindy said...

i'm usually an overly anxious person about things that excite me. Being published is definitely something I'm anxious about, but I'm trying to make myself focus on the task at hand instead of what's going to happen to my life if I become published. Makes me less anxious