Just because your work hasn’t been published yet doesn’t make you any less of a writer than those who are published.
We all have different paths to take. Some are short. Others are twisty and complicated. As always, I am taking the more challenging one. Now why would I want to make this easy?
I have written.
I Have Written
I could have been lying to you right from the start. You read my blog posts and maybe follow me on social media. I tell you I’m a writer. I state I’m writing. I share that I’ve written short stories and novels. You believe me. But there is no published book…yet.
Hold on to ‘yet’.
I am not a fraud. I have written and then some. Three novels. The first one was the usual spurt of all the pent-up stuff and making a mess kind of thing. The next two are part of a series.
I have written. Yet…
Nothing for you to read.
Does that mean I’m not a writer? No, of course not.
I am not jealously holding on to my work or too afraid to share it with the world. Okay, maybe a little scared but that goes with the territory, right?
My writing is a work both in situ and advancing. Which leads me nicely to…
Pursuing Traditional Publishing
When you decide to try to get your work traditionally published you can never be fully prepared for how slow the process is. This has been enlightening and sometimes excruciating for the World’s Most Impatient Woman ™.
Agents often take at least two months to reply, if they actually do.
Submitting to a group of them at a time is my method as I have learned that doing so means you can keep track and modify your submission package. No matter how many times I have honed my synopsis or cover letter, they are still tricky.
Waiting does not make me a non-writer. I am writing all the time: emails to agents and all the bits and pieces they require. It’s a special kind of writing where you have to read well too.
You do your research, learn about the agents, try to make the right fit, and give them what you decipher they are looking for.
One day the waiting will be over because of an acceptance or I will have exhausted the options. Either way I will still be a writer. I have written.
When a work is published it is proof to your relatives and friends that you have been writing. They’ve seen you from the start when you started this writing gig.
Some may have rolled their eyes or found it charming. Some may have given you a patronising pat on the head. Others have been waiting expectantly to read your work.
I am a writer. I have written. I will publish.
It could be traditionally or self-published. At this point I would like you to know I DO NOT view self-publishing as an inferior or lesser option.
If I self-publish I will be proud of myself for working hard, as I know I will, to get my novel out there. Self-published writers are amazing.
I have my reasons for pursuing the traditional path. They are too numerous to mention here.
All I want is for you to be able to read my work, however that happens.
Beta readers have read my novel. Already I have an audience. I have written.
For those who never want to publish you’re still a writer. You have written.
Just because someone writes occasionally doesn’t mean they’re not an amazing writer.
You may be denying the world the beauty of your words but that’s your decision to make. Your words belong to you.
Never let anyone make you feel ashamed about writing for a hobby. You are still a writer and, to be honest, possibly a little less jaded than some who have published.
A Writer or an Author?
There appears to be a separation between writer and author. A writer writes. An author has published their writing.
I believe you are both before you’ve published. You have written and taken authority over your words and work. You are a writer and an author.
That said, it’s all just words to me. I am what I am (bet some of you sang a certain song along with that).
I have written. I have authored. I will publish. Just you watch me.
Over to You
Are you an unpublished writer? How do you feel about that?
Are you a published writer? Has it changed your view of your role as a writer? Did you start calling yourself an author when you published?