June 27th, 2011

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Choices, choices, choices

I've been thinking about instinct, as in, how do I trust my own instincts? I won't claim to have super powers or anything like that, but it seems to me, when my gut tells me to watch out for something, or I just get that general unsure feeling, then things don't usually work out in my favor. The science isn't full-proof, and sometimes hard to distinguish from anxiety, but it is fairly consistent. I was unsure about the conference I went to this month, and it turned out to be a very mixed bag experience. Sometimes great, sometimes, uhm, yeah, still trying to figure out what happened.

However, approaching my newest venture - paying for a professional edit - hasn't given me the slightest bit of pause. I'm thinking of it as the natural next step. Even though it is expensive, I feel like it will be worth it.

What I'll be interested to know is whether or not I'm correct on this assumption. Does this get me to the place I need to be - having a marketable book to sell? Because the truth is, I have very little interest in writing a book for the sake of it. I want a career, and if I want that, I can't sit around thinking there's something wrong with the industry I want to be a part of - I've got to think of what can make my book thrive in the industry as it exists. I'll leave breaking the mold to other writers with other ambitions. 

It's early in the whole process, but I really want to know how this plays out.