Decisions, Decisions

It’s been a very busy summer, and it’s only been summer for a week. I’m sure not complaining, just trying to keep up and keep it going. It’s more difficult than it sounds.

I’m very happy with the beta responses to “Athena’s Promise”, and the revisions shouldn’t take long at all. I’ve even started the first chapter of “Athena’s Chains” and I plan on having that done before I release AP so I can include it. Of course, that brings me to the Ultimate Plan.

I have no idea what the Ultimate Plan is. Besides total Universal Literary Domination, that is. How to get there is the real question.

With the publishing world in such flux, I’m really struggling with making a decision on which way to jump. Do I trust my precious work to a “legacy” publisher and hope for the best? Go with a small press, an indie press and retain a better measure of control? Or do I indulge my inner control freak, and blaze the trail on my own?

I’ve been back and forth so many times I’m dizzy.

By the time I get off this ride, I'll probably puke.

I won’t go in to all the pros and cons of each path or I’d be here all night. Suffice to say it’s not an easy decision and I will most likely wait to make a decision until next week.

Why wait, you ask? Well, because of the First Annual Intergalactic Pretendacon Sporkfest (A Very Serious Writing Conference). I plan on picking the brain of my esteemed colleagues, all of whom are in various stages of their own successful writing careers and whose opinions I value highly. I am very, very excited about this conference, especially since one of the participants I have known for nearly a decade yet have never met in person.

I will be connecting with my tribe. Like the Bee Girl. I’m so happy 🙂

In the meantime, I plan to keep writing. And editing. And writing some more.

This is what I see, night and day. Eyes open and closed. Makes it difficult to drive. Heh.

I have a great support system, online and offline. I have great friends and special people supporting me, and I appreciate that more than I can say. Although there have been, and probably will be, very difficult times, I still consider myself quite fortunate.

Thank you, supportive peeps! You lift me up and I love you.

I’m old enough to know everything works out the way it’s supposed to, so I guess for now I’ll just hang on to that.

6 thoughts on “Decisions, Decisions”

  1. Netta, the picture with the heart balloons almost made me cry. Must be that time of the month!

    Although you must make a choice, there doesn’t seem to be a right or wrong here – it’s just what is right for YOU. Once you make your decision, it’s more the conviction to stick to it. I know you are doggedly determined so I’m not at all concerned that you won’t succeed. (Hope I got all the double negatives right! )

    I know you’ll put Athena in the right hands, and in the end, it may be your own.


    1. Awww, Eden, you’re so sweet. And one of those balloons definitely has your name on it. 🙂

      I’m not going to rush it. It’s a big decision, and I want to make the best one for me, you’re right. But I don’t want to be paralyzed because I can’t make up my mind. I think I’ll feel better once the Sporkfest has commenced and I can talk it out.

      *hugs* Lady. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. Hey Netta!

    The right decision will come to you, I’m sure. I’d say blaze the trail, myself, but what do I know? 😀

    Anyway, how are you? Major congrats for getting the draft of Athena’s Promise done, I’ve been rubbish on the fiction writing front I have to admit. I’ve written a load of stuff, but I can’t afford to send any of it to competitions and the like so I’m just sort of stagnating at the moment, telling myself that I’m waiting for the right moment to strike hehe. I have started blogging again, at, so we’ll see how that goes – I’d like to hear what you’ve got to say on it actually; it’s about narrative and storytelling in videogames.

    Take it easy and take care!


    1. Hey Alex, it’s good to see you!

      I’m leaning that way. I’ve sent out four measly queries, and two came back as polite rejections. Two are outstanding. I guess I’ll wait until they come back (I have a ton of editing work at the moment so haven’t finished revisions to AP yet) and then probably strike out on my own. I never was one to follow the well-beaten path. Heh.

      Thanks for the congratulations on AP. The ending buggered me up for a while but I’ve already started Athena’s Chains. I’m also glad to hear you’re blogging again! I’ll be popping over for sure.

      Good to see you, if I haven’t said that already. Heh. 🙂

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