I decided to take a break from querying my first manuscript to agencies for the rest of the year. Since most agencies are unofficially closed or partaking in necessary ‘house-cleaning’ duties until the New Year anyway, this is probably the best time to take a break, if I’m ever going to take one.
But I’m hoping that with the start of a new year, agencies (and publishers) will embrace a more accepting sentiment and give a closer eye to us writers who strive to be authors. But that brings a conundrum to mind: with the constantly changing market, the advancement and popularity of ebooks, and the government discussing placing higher taxes on said ebooks (taxing literacy, I should say), will that force publishers and agencies to be even more selective on new clients (and potentially even current clients)?
Rumors, innuendos, whispers, and interpretations of the publishing industry by the media and the government makes it extremely difficult to answer that question. All I can hope and pray is that readers’ desire for more great fiction- the incredible stories, compelling characters, and beautiful voices of the authors- will remain vibrant and unquenched, enticing them to buy/support/read more.
But at the end of the day, that would all be icing on the cake. Because the heart of any cake is the sweet and fluffy center- the knowledge that I love to write. It makes me feel better. It makes me feel more like myself. I feel as though I’m a better wife, better mother, better friend, better woman- better person. And of all the ‘vices’ in this world, I think writing is a pretty productive one.
Enjoy the New Year everyone. Keep writing forward.