Decision making, there is an art to it. In the ever-changing publishing market (just think about Harlequin’s surprise move a couple of months ago) our decisions must contain some flexibility. From the point of making the decision to implementing it, companies can change management, go out of business, drop lines, change directions. I thought about the title to this piece, “Eye on Potential; Ear to the Ground,” and laughed out loud. The visual that came to me was a woman on her side, ear pressed to the road, eye on the horizon, and butt in the air. So I asked Cathy to pose for me. : )
Now that would make for a vulnerable situation. So, what else is new in this crazy business?
Anyway, you may be wondering where these thoughts are going. (I know, sometimes they go nowhere.) I have a completed manuscript, with copy edits by my prior TWRP editor. She is now a freelance editor, and we have worked together on four prior manuscripts. I looked into a ton of options: Self-publishing, or submitting it to my publishing house for the romantic suspense line, entering it into a contest, querying an agent, or waiting until RWA National conference and pitching the idea to an agent or editor.
Talking over my options with Cathy made her exposed eye squint and tear-up. She said her ear that was pressed to the roadside detected the thunderous sound of many hooves. Stampede! but were they running toward or away? That she could not tell me. All she would say was her skirt had blown up around her neck making her pale pink underpants visible and her bum cold. She was not happy.
I knew it was time to quit procrastinating. So what did I do? I entered the manuscript into a contest. Then I submitted to an online pitch and got a request for a full, and I made editor and agent appointments at National. So, short of self-publishing, I now have a finger in many pies, and I’m confused. And Cathy is no longer speaking to me.
How do you make your decisions, butt in the air? Or do you choose a more refined way? Perhaps make a list and throw a dart?