Yesterday I was in the very surreal position of being offered a three-book publishing contract - yeah, I know, wow! - you can probably imagine my happy dance and it all happened very fast.
I still can't quite believe I'm saying this, but...
It was incredibly flattering and I do know authors that are published with this particular publishing house but I had to listen to my gut. (And no, I do not wish to name them as I wouldn't rule out working with them in the future)
I am a brand new author and yes, being a 'published' author would be great and it would have given greater credibility when submitting new projects, but when I get launched onto the reading world at large, I want to be truly comfortable. I want to believe in my heart and my gut that I am making the right choices for me and for my writing career.
So, there we are.
It's back to the drawing board, working hard on my various projects but it's nice to know that somebody loves my work enough to want to publish it. I'd like to think it took courage to say no, there's no guarantee that another contract will fall into my lap, and a part of me, mainly my ego, did want to accept just for the label it would afford me and to see my work out there. If nothing else, it offered me some hope of securing another contract at some point in the hopefully not-too-distant future too.
My time will come...
Have you ever been in a similar situation or have a story to tell?
Would you have turned down the contract or would you have snatched their hand off despite any misgivings?
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