Blood Lines

The mystery of writing … well, mysteries

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    A rainy dawn breaks over a slum neighborhood in Washington, DC to reveal the brutally beaten body of a prominent judge. A few hours later, a suspect is arrested. But the judge’s daughter believes there are secrets that drove her father to his death, and she wants to know what they are. Clay Warner, a down-on-his-luck insurance investigator, is determined to discover the truth – and win back the love of his life. But he does not know how deep that truth lies buried, and how far some will go to make sure it’s never uncovered.
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I Don’t Want to Get Published!

Posted by Kevin on April 12, 2006

Okay, that subject line is a big, fat lie. Of course I want to get published — what aspiring writer doesn't? But I'm not thinking about it. In fact, the reason I feel more confident about finishing this novel than any of my earlier false starts is that I've already decided it's not going to get published. Maybe I'm wrong and it'll get an agent and a publisher and a high Amazon ranking — but I'm assuming it won't. In fact, even thinking about it at this point is verboten.

Of course, reading what some of the established writers say about their careers as authors — such as JA Konrath on the economics of writing genre, or PJ Parrish on the realities of the writing life — is enough to make anyone wonder why this is a worthwhile endeavor in the first place.

But you know what? I don't care. I want to write a mystery. I want to listen to my printer spit out hundreds of pages of finished first draft. I want to go back and rewrite them. I want to plot out my second novel. I don't know why, dammit. I wish I could wax eloquent about the joys of creation or the thrill of watching a scene unfold or any number of other things. But I can't. I just know I want to write a book. I always have.

Beyond that — the publishing side of it — I'll worry about when I get there. I pledge: I won't read any more articles on how to find an agent until I actually have something worth showing one.

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2 Responses to “I Don’t Want to Get Published!”

  1. Shirley said

    I’ve self published a couple of books, which have sold reasonably well, I think. My first one is into its third printing (admittedly small printings), but I’m happy. I have a third one at the graphic artist’s almost ready for my final review.

    Whatever you decide: Keep writing.

    That’s one nice thing about blogging. One can do it to his heart’s content…and hope someone is reading.

    Check out my site: Think you’ll like it. Blogroll me if you do. 🙂

    Blessings,

    Shirley

  2. Kevin said

    Thanks for the comment and encouragement, Shirley!

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