I recently read a book on getting a literary agent. It was a good book, well written and filled with the information I needed. The publication process is long, and the book helped to explain why that was the case.
Last night I finished my first edit of my first draft of Inn at the Edge of the World. It felt good to complete that part, even though I am far from done.
Apparently I should have a network of people who can help me with the next step. Beta readers. People who will read the raw text, and add their input.
I have been aware of networking for a long time. Networking for careers, and now networking for getting published. People serving as resources for one another in a given process.
I don't network well. I have little social drive, and this whole networking think is rather social. I just don't have the beta readers I would like to have.
This is awkward. The next step might be easier if I were studying writing in a school, with contacts and friends seeking publication. Unfortunately, I am pretty much alone in this.
Eventually I will find a way to get people to read the book, and comment and criticise. I will get to that rewrite, and be ready to seek representation by an agent.
Or, I could self-publish and learn my own marketing.
Meanwhile, I started the sequel. After all, editing and all of the other stuff is not writing.
Next up, Marcus and Ara. The tale of a growing relationship, filled with travel and adventure. Oh, and some steampunk. I just thought it would be fun.