Regular readers will know that I published my first book Become the Best You at the end of last year. I could have walked the potentially long and treacherous road to try and find myself an agent, but truth be told I didn’t want to sit on my manuscript. I would have been absolutely gutted if someone else had come along and published the same sort of book that I had ploughed my heart and soul into. Once I’d made the decision to self-pub in October I also knew I was on borrowed time.
My toddler was fast outgrowing her nap, and the baby started needing complete silence while having his last feed in the evening (of up to two hours). As you can imagine my opportunities to write have become few and far between, but this will change soon for two reasons. The toddler starts pre-school at the end of Feb, although two of her three days are my workdays I’ll still gain a five hour chunk minus drop offs and pick ups per week. I’ll also be weaning baby boy off the boob once he turns one. This is more significant as it means I’ll get my evenings back and also won’t feel quite so done in come 8pm (hope so anyway)!
Although I have decided to start writing a novel, in a very non-pressured way (more on that later), my main aspiration this year is to sell my book. It may sound corny but when I was first writing it I just wanted to get the words out of my head. Now that it’s out there, now that I’ve had such amazing feedback, I want to reach as many people as I possibly can, and help them become the best them.
I’ve had some invaluable advice from a friend who has worked in publishing all her career, and will be putting it to good use as soon as I can dedicate the time. Until then I’ll just keep plugging away and doing what I’m doing. I’m also not averse to the idea of finding an agent at all, but if I do I’d like the process to be as organic as the contents of my fridge. I’m probably living in cloud cuckoo land on this front, but you never know. Watch this space!