Friday, April 22, 2011

On The Road To Publishville # 7 - "Not letting go, but moving on..."

# "Movin' on is a chance 
you take any time you try to stay... 
together..." # - Billy Joel

"2 years down the road..."

"The time has come, my friends,
to talk of other things...
of shoes and ships and sealing wax,
of cabbages and kings...
and why the sea is boiling hot,
and whether pigs have wings...
Calloo, Callay, come run away...
with the cabbages and kings..."

I recently went to hear a certain author talk about his newest book to be published and he mentioned the fact that the first book he wrote as an aspiring author was actually not published until 6 books into his published career.  This was a shocking fact to hear at first, being an aspiring author myself and being so attached to the book I've written first and have hopes pinned on being my debut novel as a "proper" published author, but it's also a sobering thing to know, and nicely coincides with a slow-burning realisation that I'm still at the beginning of my writing adventure and this journey "On The Road to Publishville"...

It took Mr Fforde 7 books
to get his 1st published
I guess, for that successful author I mentioned above, the luxury of hindsight, looking back across the years and reflecting on how things have turned out, is a nice thing to do - but for myself, I'm sort of at the stage where I need to have a reverse-hindsight to drive me onwards and keep me keep on keeping faith in my own creative scribbles...  I almost need to invoke some sort of cosmic writers foresight to extrapolate where my own writing career might go.  I certainly want to be more than just a "one-hit wonder" author (that's why back in February, I began the process of laying out a "5-year plan" to get 5 new novels off the ground… and more beyond that…) but I've also begun to feel that things have come full circle on this initial journey towards "Publishville", that mythical city with high-rise tower blocks made of books where "successful" authors reside, peering down on the wannabes from above...