What To Do After Your First Novel Is Published
February 10, 2009
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My novel Kathryn’s Fountain has been out about three months. Am I anxious to start writing my next novel? Well, yes and no.
Yes, I have an idea for another novel in the same genre that should appeal to people who’ve enjoyed Kathryn’s Fountain. But, no, I’m not going to start it just yet. I need to see how well Kathryn’s Fountain is going to do, and to put in some more time and effort to help it do well.
The temptation is to get on with the next novel in my early morning writing time (between 5:45 & 6:45 Tuesdays through Saturdays). Instead, I’m trying to find ways to get the word out about Kathryn’s Fountain.
It’s often easier to move on to something new than to stick with seeing something through. I’m trying to resist that temptation. So I continue to peruse web sites and blogs for places that might mention, review or in some other way promote Kathryn’s Fountain. I found a blog that reviews novels just this past week and spent a couple of early morning writing times answering the blogger’s questions. I’ll be featured in her blog next fall.
Can you identify with what I’m saying? Is there something you’d just as soon let go of and move on to something else? I’m sure that’s OK in some cases, but I’m thinking that many times God wants us to carry through on something we’ve already invested lots of time and effort into. Perseverance may just be God’s calling for us!